The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement on Friday that conditions are favorable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan during the next 24 hours. Light to moderate rain has started in some areas of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand since Friday.
Meanwhile, the national capital witnessed a humid summer with a maximum temperature of 38.2 degrees Celsius. So far in the month of July in Delhi, people had to face the outbreak of heat wave for four days. In these four days, the maximum temperature reached 43.1 °C on July 1, the highest temperature on July 2 was 41.3 °C, on July 7 when the mercury was recorded at 42.6 °C and on July 8 the maximum temperature reached 41.8 °C. The people of the capital had to deal with the scorching heat.
The relative humidity in the national capital on Friday hovered between 89 per cent and 49 per cent. Gurugram in neighboring Haryana recorded a maximum temperature of 39.7 degrees Celsius, while Noida in Uttar Pradesh recorded a maximum temperature of 38.2 degrees Celsius.
The heat wave continued in Punjab and Haryana on Friday as well, while it rained at some places. Haryana’s Narnaul recorded a maximum temperature of 41.5 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal. Among other places in the state, Hisar recorded a maximum temperature of 41.1 degrees Celsius, while Karnal, which received 32 mm of rain, recorded a maximum temperature of 34.8 degrees Celsius. Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala in Punjab recorded maximum temperatures of 36.7, 35.7 and 35.6 degrees Celsius, respectively. Ludhiana and Patiala received 0.6 mm and 7.9 mm of rain, respectively. Chandigarh, the joint capital of both the states, received light rain in the morning and the maximum temperature was recorded at 36.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal.
Monsoon winds accompanied by rain and dust storm lashed parts of Rajasthan such as Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Bikaner and Churu districts of Bikaner division on Friday. The Meteorological Department has predicted good rains in different parts of Rajasthan in the coming days. With the possibility of active monsoon in some parts of Kota, Jaipur Udaipur, Bharatpur and Ajmer divisions, rain is expected at most places in the state on Saturday.
Before the monsoon, heat and humidity continued to wreak havoc in many areas of Rajasthan. The maximum temperature was recorded in Sri Ganganagar at 42.6 °C, Bikaner at 42.3 °C and Churu at 42.6 °C.
Light to moderate rain and thundershower occurred at some places in Uttar Pradesh, while heat wave conditions prevailed at isolated parts of the state.
Agra recorded the highest maximum temperature of 42.3 degrees Celsius in the state, while Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Ayodhya, Prayagraj, Kanpur, Lucknow, Bareilly and Jhansi divisions recorded a drop in day temperature.
It also rained at isolated places in Uttarakhand as the maximum temperature remained above normal in both plains and hills. Capital Dehradun recorded a maximum temperature of 35.2 degrees Celsius. Even though Monsoon has so far remained away from North-West India, but its condition remains strong in Tamil Nadu and other parts of South India. Rain occurred at isolated places over Telangana and Coastal Andhra Pradesh, besides most places over Kerala, Lakshadweep, Coastal Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. According to the IMD, the formation of a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal is likely to cause heavy rain over Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha in the next five days.
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