The mercury soared at many places in the country today affecting normal life, even as maximum temperatures in Odhisa dipped marginally due to a nor’wester. The national capital reeled under a heatwave with the mercury soaring to 43 degrees Celsius in some parts of the city. The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered the official figure for Delhi, registered a high of 41.7 degrees Celsius. Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar observatories recorded maximum temperatures of 43.4 degrees Celsius, 41.4 degrees Celsius, 42.4 degrees Celsius and 42.9 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Blistering heat affected normal life in Rajasthan with Churu being the hottest place in the state where the mercury soared to 46.1 degrees Celsius, even as light rains occurred at isolated places in Udaipur division. Jaisalmer, Barmer and Bikaner recorded maximum temperatures of 45.5 degrees Celsius, 45.4 degrees Celsius and 45 degrees Celsius respectively.
Heatwave continued to sweep several parts of Punjab and Haryana with Narnaul turning out to be the hottest place in both the states recording a high of 44 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal. Maximum temperatures in most parts of both the states crossed the 40-degree mark.
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The weather remained dry throughout Uttar Pradesh with day temperatures rising in Varanasi and Allahabad. Banda was the hottest place in the state, where the mercury touched 44.4 degrees Celsius.
Bihar witnessed hot and dry weather, with Gaya being the hottest place in the state at 43.9 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal.
Marginal dip in temperatures in many areas coupled with a nor’wester brought some respite from the gruelling heat in Odisha, even as Angul was the hottest place in the state at 43.1 degrees Celsius. Despite drop in temperatures in many places, the mercury breached the 40-degree mark in at least a dozen places.
Malkangiri was a close second to Angul recording a high of 42.2 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature in Balangir was 41.8 degrees Celsius. Heatwave was also observed at isolated places in the coastal area of Saurashtra, Kutch and Vidarbha region. Thunderstorm occurred at a few places over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Chhattisgarh and interior Karnataka.