Rain lashes North India, bypasses Delhi

Heavy rain was recorded in Orissa and most parts of North India on Thursday even as West Bengal reeled under drought-like conditions. Vehicular traffic along the highways was hit as Army personnel were engaged in removing the debris caused by the landslides at many places.

Meanwhile, overcast sky conditions were experienced in the national Capital which, however, received no rainfall during the day.

The temperature continued to be below normal in Delhi as the maximum settled at 30.2 degrees C, four notches below normal, and the minimum at 27.5 degrees C. The city, where the humidity levels touched 91 per cent, received an overnight rainfall of 4.2 mm.

The monsoon remained active in Himachal Pradesh where Jubbarhatti was the wettest, recording 66 mm of rain followed by Pandoh 57 mm and Mandi 42.5 mm.

The maximum temperature in the State capital Shimla was 20.6 degrees C against 22.6 degrees C on Wednesday. Uttar Pradesh continued to receive heavy rain with Lakhimpur recording the maximum rainfall of 126.2 mm as several rivers were flowing above the danger mark. In the region comprising Punjab and Haryana, showers led to the temperature settling below the normal ranges. Amritsar was the hottest at 35.9 degrees C followed by Ludhiana at 33.2 degrees C, Ambala 32.9 degrees C and Chandigarh 32 degrees C. - PTI

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