Rain continues to provide relief; 15 die in storms, lightning

Rain continues to provide relief; 15 die in storms, lightning

Light showers, overcast sky and cool winds made a perfect day for Delhiites as temperatures remained below normal for this time of the year.

The city has been experiencing pleasant weather for the last few days bringing in much relief from the scorching heat.

The maximum was recorded at 33.9 degree Celsius while the minimum settled at 20.7 degrees, both five degrees below normal. The rain guages measured 0.2 mm.

In Uttar Pradesh, eight persons, including two minors, were killed and at least seven injured in incidents related to rains and dust storms in Ghaziabad and Barabanki districts, police said.

Five persons, including two teenagers and an elderly woman, were killed and 14 injured when lightning struck parts of Punjab, officials said.

In neighbouring Haryana, two persons were killed and ten others injured in a high-velocity dust storm in village Tajipur in Mahendergarh district, they said.

Rains also lashed several parts of the two states. The maximum temperature dropped between 5-6 degrees below normal level, according to the local MeT office.

Chandigarh's maximum settled at 33.1 deg C, down five notches. Ludhiana had a pleasant day at 31.3 deg C, nine degrees below normal while Amritsar recorded a maximum of 34 deg C, five below normal and Patiala's high settled at 33.2 deg C, down six degrees.

In Rajasthan, dust storms lashed Jaipur and nearby areas affecting normal life in the desert state.

Several trees were uprooted and vehicular movement came to a standstill for a few hours in most parts of the city, officials said.

Jaipur recorded a day temperature of 37.2 deg C, while Jaisalmer was the hottest at 41.5 deg C.

Temperatures remained below normal in most parts of Uttarakhand too, with Dehradun settling at 33 degree C, the MeT office said.

The downslide in mercury in most places in Himachal continued as stormy weather with intermittent showers persisted in the state.

Heavy rains and storm wreaked havoc in Mandi which recorded 64.5 mm of rains and stone fruit, apple and vegetable crops suffered extensive damage, they said.

The minimum temperature plummeted to 10 deg C in Shimla following the rains.