NEW DELHI: Seven people were killed in lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha today and heavy rain lashed Shimla and its adjoining areas, even as hot weather conditions continued in Punjab and Haryana.
It was a hot day in the national capital with the MeT department forecasting the possibility of a thunderstorm tonight and light rains tomorrow.
The maximum temperature was recorded at 40.5 degrees Celsius in Delhi, normal for this time of the year. The humidity level was between 68 and 44 per cent, it said.
In Uttar Pradesh, as many as five people were killed in separate incidents of lightning strikes in Jaunpur and Rae Bareli districts with isolated places in the state experiencing light to moderate and heavy rains. Lightning also killed two people in Odisha’s Kendrapara district.
Heavy rains lashed Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla and its adjoining areas this afternoon causing a drop in day temperatures, even as Una in the lower hills recorded a high of 42 degrees Celsius.
The local meteorological (MeT) office has warned of thunderstorm with gusty winds at isolated places in Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, Mandi and Kullu districts Saturday and Sunday.
Key tourist resort of Kufri near Shimla was the wettest with 44 mm of rains while Chhaila and Kandaghat received 21 mm and 20 mm of precipitation. Shimla recorded 19 mm of rain in just one hour.
Light rains brought down day temperatures at a few places in Rajasthan, even as Churu was the hottest place in the state recording a high of 45.5 degrees celsius.
Sriganganagar, Kota, Bikaner, Pilani and Jaipur recorded maximum of 45.3 degrees celsius, 44.2 degrees celsius, 43.6 degrees celsius, 43.1 degrees celsius and 42.2 degrees celsius respectively.
Bonli area in Sawaimadhopur district recorded 1 cm of rains since yesterday, the meteorological department said.
Hot weather conditions continued to prevail in most parts of Haryana and Punjab today, with Hisar sizzling at 45 degrees celsius, three notches above the normal.
In Haryana, Bhiwani recorded a high of 44.5 degrees celsius, while Ambala had a hot day at 39.1 degrees celsius, while in Punjab, Amritsar recorded a high of 41.3 degrees celsius, up one notch against the normal.