New Delhi: Heat wave swept northern states today with Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan simmering at 46 degrees Celsius even as the weatherman predicted very heavy rainfall in Goa and parts of other states.
The weatherman predicted heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places in Karnataka, Kerala, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. It said heat wave conditions will continue at isolated places in Rajasthan.
A squall accompanied by light rains brought relief to the residents of Delhi.
Two squalls, with wind speeds of up to 56 kmph and 66 kmph, hit the city between 4 PM and 5 PM. Lodhi Road and Ridge observatories guaged 0.3 and 3.4 mm of rains, a MeT official said.
The city had a high of 41.9 degrees and the minimum temperature was recorded at 28.4 degrees.
Intense heat wave conditions troubled the residents in Rajasthan. Sri Ganganagar was the hottest place in the state at 46 degrees, closely followed by Churu at 45.3 degrees.
Jaipur, Kota, Jaisalmer and Pilani also sizzled at 43.5, 43.3, 43 and 41.6 degrees, respectively. However, isolated places in Jaipur, Bharatpur, Jodhpur and Bikaner received light rains.
IMD warned of heavy rainfall in Goa over the next three days as the monsoon is expected to reach the coastal state.
"The conditions are favourable for advancing of the monsoon. As per our forecast, it will set over Goa tomorrow (June 11)," Director of Goa Meteorological Centre V K Mini said.
Day temperatures in Gangetic West Bengal rose to 40 degree Celsius mark, but the weatherman kept up hopes of pleasant climate with a forecast of rains or thunderstorm in some parts of the region. Asansol recorded the day's highest temperature in the state at 40.4 degrees.
Rains are likely to hit Northwest Bihar, but other parts of the state are expected to witness high temperature and intense humidity in the next 24 hours.
Gaya was the hottest place in the state, recording the maximum temperature at 40.5 degrees.
In Uttar Pradesh, the maximum temperature dipped a little in many parts due to scattered rains and thundershowers even as Jhansi sizzled under the searing sun recording a high of 44.7 degrees Celsius.
Punjab and Haryana reeled under heat wave conditions with Hisar sizzling at 43.5 degrees Celsius.
In Haryana, Ambala had a hot day at 40.5 degrees, while Karnal's maximum settled at 39.6 degrees. The Union Territory of Chandigarh had a high of 40.3 degrees.
Ludhiana was the hottest place in Punjab, recording the maximum at 42.8 degrees.