Rains continue to lash north India

Rains continued to lash large swathes of north India on Thursday as rivers in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand were flowing to the brim.

In the national capital, the Ridge area received 22.4-mm of rainfall while the rest experienced dry weather. According to the MeT officials, this year the capital is witnessing such “unusual rainfall pattern”, with some parts receiving rain while the rest remaining completely dry.

Overcast conditions, however, prevailed throughout the day, pushing the humidity level, which oscillated between 59 and 83 per cent, causing discomfort to Delhiites.

The maximum temperature in Delhi was same as yesterday, settling at 36.6 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal. The minimum was 28.2 degrees, the MeT officials said.

Light to moderate rain or thundershowers occurred at a few places in eastern Uttar Pradesh and at isolated places in the state’s western region.

According to the MeT office in Lucknow, Mau recorded 4-cm rainfall, followed by Bisauli and Badaun 3-cm each; Chatnag, Rath and Mahroni 2-cm each; and Lalitpur, Mahoba, Shaswan, Karvi, Kakardarighat, Karchana, Phoolpur, Barra, Rae Bareli, Saroan and Bansgaon 1-cm each.

A few rivers in the state, including Ghaggar, were flowing above or near the danger mark.

In Rajasthan, a few places were lashed by monsoon rains with Chittorgarh recording the maximum rainfall of 16.5-mm, followed by Dabok 2.7-mm.

Bikaner and a few other places also received drizzle till today evening, Jaipur MeT officials said.

According to the officials, light to moderate rainfall occurred at many places in Udaipur and Jodhpur divisions and at a few places at other divisions, whereas isolated areas in Jodhpur recorded heavy rains.

Rains lashed several parts of Punjab and Haryana while the mercury hovered above normal levels in both states.

In Punjab, Amritsar received rainfall of 55 mm while its maximum temperature was 36.2 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, according to a Chandigarh MeT department report.

Ludhiana and Patiala recorded maximum at 35.3 degrees and 35.1 degrees respectively.

In Haryana, Ambala, Hisar and Narnaul received rainfall of 4 mm, 12 mm and 21 mm and their maximum temperatures were 34.2, 34.5 and 33 degrees Celsius, respectively. The Union Territory of Chandigarh recorded a maximum temperature of 34 degrees.

Meanwhile, isolated rains occurred at some places in Himachal Pradesh as monsoon remained weak and rain deficit during the current season from June 1 to July 31, 2014 mounted to 35 per cent.

The state received 266.6-mm of rains against normal rainfall of 410.4-mm (- 35 per cent) and the deficit ranged between minus 20 and minus 83?per cent in eight out of 12 districts in the state.

Shimla was the only district to receive 376.4-mm rains against normal rainfall?of 331.6-mm.

Dharamsala was wettest in the region today with 103-mm of rains while Mandi had 47-mm rains, followed by Gaggal 22-mm, Baldwara 20-mm, Bangana and Jubbal 18-mm, and Chail 13-mm.

Lower hills and foothills of Himachal reeled under sultry heat as maximum and minimum temperatures increased by two to three degrees Celsius in most places.