Toll in the State climbs to 50; Punjab, Haryana in grip of heat

New Delhi: Torrential rain and squall left 20 people dead in Uttar Pradesh but kept mercury at bearable levels at several places even as the sun on Sunday beat down hard on vast swathes of North India where holy city Amritsar reeled at 44.4 degree Celsius.

With 20 fresh fatalities since Saturday evening, the death toll from heavy downpours and thunderstorms in Uttar Pradesh climbed to 50 in the past fortnight.

However, temperatures hovered around 40 degree Celsius at many places in the State where Gorakhpur was relatively cooler at 36.4 degrees.

Lucknow and Bareilly recorded day temperatures of 39.4 and 39.6 degrees respectively while Varanasi endured a hot day with the maximum touching 43.6 degrees.

Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana remained in the grip of searing heat with temperatures breaching the 43 degree Celsius mark at several places.

Amritsar at 44.4 degree

Amritsar baked at 44.4 degree Celsius, five notches above normal, as neighbouring Haryana too sweltered under hot and humid conditions with Hisar recording a high of 42.9 degrees.

In the desert state of Rajasthan, Ganganagar sizzled at 43.7 degree Celsius followed by Barmer (43.3) and Kota (43.1).

Jaisalmer too sweated it out with mecury peaking at 42.5 degrees in the fort city

Mercury stayed above 40 degree Celsius in the national capital for the fifth day in a row with high humidity level and power outages making the day uncomfortable for Delhiites.

The maximum in Delhi touched 40.1 degrees and the minimum 27.6 as the weather office promised no respite in the next couple of days.

To the delight of tourists and locals alike, showers occurred in hill resort Shimla and other parts of Himachal Pradesh.

Snowing in upper reaches in Kashmir valley dipped mercury appreciably with picturesque Pahalgam registering a low of 9.8 degree Celsius, five notches below normal.

Two-feet of snow was deposited on Sheshnag and three inches on Baltal, both located on the route to the revered Amarnath cave shrine.

The maximum in summer capital Srinagar settled at 21.1 degree Celsius and the minimum at 11.2. PTI