Sun, 29 May 2011 14:45:26 GMT

Mercury rises in N India, southwest monsoon sets in over Ker

New Delhi, May 29 (PTI) Mercury rose above the normal levels in most parts of North India today, including Delhi, even as the southwest monsoon set in over Kerala, bringing heavy rains across the state.

In the national capital, the maximum temperature recorded was 40.9 deg C, a degree above normal and over two notches above yesterday''s high of 38.6 deg C. The minimum settled at 28.8 degrees, two above the normal level, the MeT office said.

Temperatures soared by a few notches at most places in Punjab and Haryana though Chandigarh received rainfall in the evening. Amritsar was the hottest place in the two states recording a high of 43.6 deg C, up by four degrees.

Patiala and Ludhiana, too, braved a sultry day with respective maximums of 41.7 deg C and 41.6 deg C. Hot conditions also prevailed in Hisar, where the maximum settled at 42.4 deg C, up one notch, the MeT Department said.

Ambala recorded a high of 40.2 deg C while the maximum at Karnal settled at 39.6 deg C, up by a degree. Chandigarh recorded a high of 39.4 degrees Celsius during the day.

In Rajasthan, Sriganganagar was recorded as the hottest place with a maximum of 44.4 deg C followed by Churu at 44.1 degrees, both a few notches above normal, according to the local Met office.
Barmer, Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Kota recorded maximums of 43.8, 43.7, 43.5 and 42.4 deg C respectively while Jaipur, Ajmer and Dabok recorded a maximum of 41.9, 41.7 and 41.4 deg C respectively.

Meanwhile, southwest monsoon arrived in Kerala today with more than 60 per cent of the rain monitoring stations in the state registering rainfall in the last 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department said. .

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