New Delhi: Soaring mercury coupled with hot and dusty winds scorched vast swathes of north India on Saturday with temperatures breaching the 45 degree mark at several places in the region.

However, the national capital Delhi got some respite from the heat with the maximum temperature dropping to 42.7 degrees Celsius from Friday's 44 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature, however, rose from Friday's 27.8 degrees Celsius to 32.5 degrees Celsius, the highest this season.

Uttar Pradesh sizzled under an intense heat wave with the temperature rising up to five degrees above normal at some places in the state.

Allahabad continued to be the hottest place in the state recording 47.2 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal, followed by Agra with 46.1 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal.

Varanasi recorded 45.7 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal, and Kanpur 45 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal, MeT officials said, adding that the state capital Lucknow recorded 44.5 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal.

Dusty winds and rising mercury scorched Rajasthan as well with the average temperature staying above 40 degrees Celsius in most places.

Kota recorded 44.8 degrees Celsius, Churu 44 degrees, Sriganganagar 42.5, Jaisalmer 42.2, Jaipur 41.9 and Bikaner 41.6.

Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh also simmered despite a marginal dip in the mercury level.

Rohtak in Haryana braved a hot day at 43.1 degrees Celsius, three notches more than normal, while the maximum in Hisar and Bhiwani settled at 42.3 and 42 degrees respectively.

In Punjab, Amritsar (41.4 deg C), Ludhiana (41 deg C) and Patiala (41.7 deg C) recorded near similar maximum, showing a slight dip from Friday's temperatures.

Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 40.3 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal.

Dust storms or thunder showers with light rains are likely to occur at isolated places in the two states during the next two days, the MeT office has said.

The hills and valleys of Himachal Pradesh got marginal relief from the heat as the mercury dropped by two or three degrees due to strong winds.

Una, which remained the hottest in the region, recorded a maximum temperature of 39.8 degrees Celsius against Friday's 43.2 degrees, while the state capital Shimla recorded a high of 27.9 degrees Celsius.

Despite the marginal dip in the mercury level, the temperature still stayed three to four degrees above normal in the state, MeT officials said.

The MeT office has predicted thunderstorms at isolated places in the state during the next 24 hours.


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