Heavy rains lashed Chennai and its sububurbs on Wednesday under the influence of an 'upper air circulation' in the Bay of Bengal while parts of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh continued to receive showers for the third straight day.
However, in the national capital, temperature rose sharply from Tuesday's 26.9 degrees to 36.3 degrees. Though the maximum was four degrees below the normal, the day recorded a high humidity level between 25 and 89 per cent.
Train services on the rain-hit Jodhpur-Jaisalmer section in Rajasthan remained affected on the third consecutive day though water has receded from tracks in desert areas. Tracks were damaged in at least ten places in heavy rains early this week. With the influence of cyclonic storm 'Phet' easing, there was a let up in rain in the state.
Chennai received heavy rains and with the 'upper air circulation' persisting, showers are likely in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts. Chennai and adjoining areas recorded 24 mm of rainfall.
The plains in Himachal Pradesh were battered by heavy rains disrupting normal life in several areas as the higher reaches received a fresh spell of snowfall.