The MeT department has forecast a decrease in the severity of heat wave in parts of North India from today. In a tweet, the MeT Office said, due to easterly winds at lower levels, the severity of heat wave is likely to decrease over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
In Rajasthan, intense heat continued to paralyse normal life yesterday. Temperatures varying from 44 degrees to 48 degree Celsius were recorded in the state. AIR correspondent reports that there is a minor drop in the maximum and minimum temperature across the state but not enough to be called as relief. Three persons, including two policemen and a farmer, died of heatstroke at Jalore, Jodhpur and Sikar. Churu and Sri Ganganagar remined hottest places in the state. Mercury recorded 48.9 degree in Churu and 48.6 degree Celsius in Sri Ganganagar. Capital Jaipur witnessed the hottest day of the season so far as a maximum temperature of 45.5 degree Celsius was recorded. Jaipur MeT office has said that severe heat wave are expected in western Rajasthan today.
Uttar Pradesh also continues to reel under scorching heat. Jhansi recorded the highest temperature of 47.1 degree Celsius yesterday, followed by Banda 46.8 and Orai 45 degree celsius. However, thundershowers and stormy winds at some places in eastern parts, including Gorakhpur and Gonda, gave some respite.
In Uttarakhand, people got some relief due to rain in different areas yesterday. One person died while another is missing in Chamoli and Almora districts. AIR correspondent reports that as per reports, Badar Singh of Lam Bagad Village lost his life on Sunday after a cloudburst in Gairsain subdivision of Chamoli District.The local administration officers reached the spot after getting the information about the cloudburst. Meanwhile in Choukhutia Subdivision of Almora District some villages have been badly affected following the heavy rain in the area. Apart from District administration personal, SDRF teams have also been rushed to the villages of Khera and Asedhi in Almora district to extend help to the needy. According to MeT Department, Thunder squall is likely to occur at isolated places in plains especially in Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital districts of Uttarakhand during next 12 hours.
Himachal Pradesh also experienced light showers in some parts bringing down the maximum temperatures by two to three notches. Shimla, Dharamshala, Bhuntar and Sundernagar experienced light rain. The weatherman has predicted more rain this week.