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Mercury plummeted appreciably in the northern region today including Delhi after rains and thunderstorms lashed several areas bringing much needed relief from sweltering heat wave conditions.
After overnight rains mercury dropped three notches below normal in the national capital to settle at a pleasant 36.4 degree Celsius, which came as a relief for Delhiites who were reeling under hot and dry conditions with temperatures soaring above 45 degree Celsius last week.
According to the MeT department, the national capital received 3.6 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours till 8:30 am and 0.7 mm rain between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.
Heat wave conditions abated at many places in Uttar Pradesh following light to moderate rains and thunderstorms in the past 24 hours.
Rains lashed Aligarh, Kanpur, Gomatia and Dalmau while day temperatures fell largely in Allahabad division; fell appreciably in Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Jhansi and Agra divisions; and fell in Faizabad and Meerut divisions.
The highest maximum temperature in UP was 46.5 degrees Celsius recorded at Orai.
The people of Rajasthan also breathed a sigh of relief as searing heat abated due to a squall which hit south-west regions in the state yesterday.
Kota was the hottest place with 41.4 degree Celsius followed by Ganganagar at 40.9 deg Celsius, and Churu 39.6 degree Celsius.
Squall accompanied with thundershower intermittently hit sub-urban towns and Jaipur, where maximum temperature of 40 degree Cel was registered.
Mercury also dropped below 40 degree Celsius level at various places in Punjab and Haryana while the Union Territory Chandigarh, which was lashed by rains accompanied by strong winds in the evening, recorded a maximum of 37.9 degree Cel.
In Haryana, Ambala recorded a high of 38.3 degree Celsius while Karnal and Bhiwani recorded maximum at 37 degree Celsius and 36.4 degree Celsius respectively.
In Punjab, Amritsar settled at 41 degree Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala had high of 39.6 and 38.4 degree Celsius.