Heat conditions prevail in Punjab, Haryana; Bhiwani hottest

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Boys enjoy a bath with buffaloes in the Tawi on a hot summer day in Jammu, on Saturday.—Photo:AP
Boys enjoy a bath with buffaloes in the Tawi on a hot summer day in Jammu, on Saturday.—Photo:AP

After a brief spell of rain, it was a hot day in the city as the mercury touched the 40 degree mark today.

The maximum temperature settled at 40.6 degree Celsius, one degree above normal, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 25.5 degree Celsius, one notch below normal, the MeT office said.

The Met department has predicted partly cloudy sky with possibility of dust storms and thunderstorms in some areas.

Sweltering heat conditions continued to prevail across Punjab and Haryana also as the maximum temperatures hovered around 40 degrees Celsius.

Bhiwani continued to be the hottest place in the region recording a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius, according to the Met department.

Among other places in Punjab, Ludhiana sizzled at 40.3, while Amritsar and Patiala settled at 38.8 and 39.3 degrees Celsius.

In neighbouring Haryana, the maximum temperature in Ambala was 38.3 degrees Celsius.

However, Narnaul saw mercury dipping six notches below normal to 35 degrees Celsius while Karnal registered 38 degrees Celsius, a degree below normal.

The met department ha predicted dust storm or thunderstorm with light rain at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana in the next 48 hours.

The mercury dipped in Jaipur and Bikaner divisions of Rajasthan which witnessed light rainfall and thunderstorm in the past 24 hours.

The two divisions saw a fall in temperature by one to seven degrees.

Jalore was the hottest place in the state, registering a day temperature of 44 degree Celsius.

Barmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota and Churu recorded maximum temperatures of 43.6, 43.3, 42.5, 42.4 and 42 degree Celsius, respectively.

Jharkhand too continued to reel under severe heat wave as many parts of the state recorded above 40 degrees Celsius temperatures. Bokaro, Deogarh, Jamtara and Garhwa sizzled at 45 degree Celsius while temperatures between 42 and 44 degree Celsius were recorded at Pakur, Latehar and Palamau and Hazariabagh, Kodarma, Gumla, Chatra and West Singhbhum registered between 39 and 43 degrees, MeT office sources said.

In Bihar, heat wave conditions subsided over Patna after moisture laden easterly winds brought down the temperature by a few degrees.

Slight rainfall was also recorded at a few places in northeastern parts of the state.

Patna recorded a maximum of 39.4 degree, which provided respite to the residents from a long spell of temperatures hovering between 41 to 43.5 degrees. Fast easterly wind gave a pleasant feel to the people.

Northeastern parts of Purnia, Katihar, Supaul, Araria and Kishanganj Bihar witnessed slight rainfall which cooled down the weather. Purnia recorded rainfall of around 3 centimetres and a maximum temperature of 35.7 degree Celsius.

However, the hilly, rocky district of Gaya remained the hottest in Bihar with a maximum temperature of 42.5 degrees while Bhagalpur recorded a maximum of 41.2 degrees.

The weather department has forecast mixed weather for Bihar over the next 24 hours.

There could be thunderstorm or thunder squall at isolated places in the state including its eastern and northeastern parts. On the other hand, clear sky and blazing sun will prevail over the Gangetic plains of western and central Bihar. --PTI



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