Mercury slides in north; monsoon sets in over Kerala
Northern India experienced a slide in temperatures across the region even as the country's south welcomed the south-west monsoon which set in over Kerala and Lakshwadeep today.Updated: Jun 01, 2013, 21:21 IST
Northern India experienced a slide in temperatures across the region even as the country's south welcomed the south-west monsoon which set in over Kerala and Lakshwadeep on Saturday.
The mercury continued its slow descent in Delhi which registered a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius on Saturday, which was two degrees below normal and lower than the 40.6 degrees recorded on Friday.
The minimum in the national capital was a notch below normal at 26.7 degrees, but slightly higher than Friday's 24.8 degrees.
However, a high humidity of between 45% and 70% saw many Delhiites complain of sweating.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rainfall and thundershowers at one or two places in eastern Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours led to day temperatures falling in the Gorakhpur and Bareilly divisions.
Kanpur recorded 7-cm rainfall while Gorakhpur received showers measuring 3-cm. It also rained in Deoria and Allahabad (each 2-cm) and in Shahjahanpur (1-cm).
Etawah continued to be the hottest place in the state although it saw the maximum come down to 43.4 degrees Celsius from 45.6 degrees on Friday.
Temperatures also saw a drop in the states of Punjab and Haryana which have seen the mercury soar as an effect of the heat wave sweeping the region.
Union territory and common capital of Chandigarh was at a relatively cool 36 degrees on Saturday as opposed to 40.3 degrees on Friday.
In Punjab, Ludhiana recorded a maximum of 38.5 degrees after it saw the mercury touching 42.6 degrees on Friday.
Amritsar, however, continued to sweat under the sizzling heat with a maximum of 46.2 degrees, up from 44 degrees on Friday.
In Haryana, the maximum in Hisar fell by almost three degrees to touch 40.5 degrees although Bhiwani, at 42 degrees, saw the mercury stay at more or less the same level as Friday.
The weather, however, did not hold as much cheer for Rajasthan, parts of which saw an increase in day temperatures on Saturday.
The maximum at Churu, which was the hottest place in the state, was recorded at a blistering 47.2 degrees followed by Sriganganagar at 46.1 degrees.
Bikaner (45.4 degrees), Jaisalmer (43.9) and Barmer (43.2) were some of the other high temperatures recorded in the state.
Monsoon's onset this year matched the forecast of its arrival in Kerala and Lakshadweep by June 1, weather officials said, adding that conditions favourable to its arrival had been building up over the last few days.
According to the Indian Metereological Department bulletin declaring the onset of monsoon, conditions are favourable for its further advance in the next two days, bringing fairly good rains in the region.