Seven people perished in heavy rain and dust storm that hit Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh even as hot conditions prevailed in rest of the northern belt on Tuesday with the monsoon getting delayed by a week.
A sudden downpour accompanied by high velocity winds caused several walls to collapse in Kanpur killing seven people and injuribg 12.
Power supply was disrupted as the storm lasting half-an-hour led to electricity poles and trees being uprooted in areas like Sadar and Billor.
Meanwhile, hot conditions prevailed in states like Rajasthan and Delhi as northward progress of south-west monsoon was affected due to lack of favourable wind currents over the Indian Ocean, the Met office said.
People in the national capital continued to reel under hot and humid conditions with the mercury touching a high of 40.6 degree Celsius, four degrees above normal. The minimum was recorded at 29.2 degrees against 28.1 C the previous day. Humidity was also on the higher side, oscillating between 66 and 41 per cent.
Temperatures at most places in Punjab and Haryana hovered around normal range, but high humidity made life difficult for citizens.
Bhiwani endured a hot day at 42 degrees while Ludhiana, Patiala and Amritsar recorded a maximum temperature of 37.7 C, 37.6 C and 36.9 C respectively. The high in Ambala settled at 37.4 degree Celsius while that in Karnal was 36.4 C.
Chandigarh registered a high of 36 degrees, but high humidity levels made the weather sultry in the union territory.
In the desert state of Rajasthan though pre-monsoon rains was recorded in Udaipur, Bhilwara, Kota, Bundi, and Karual districts, the heat wave prevailed with temperature staying above the 40-degree mark at most places.