No respite from heat despite rain, snowfall in parts of north

New Delhi, Apr 4: Most parts of the country witnessed heatwave conditions today despite snowfall in hilly regions of Jammu and Kashmir and scattered rainfall in some areas of northern India, including Delhi. 

The country's highest temperature (43.2 degrees Celsius) was recorded in Madhya Pradesh's Khajuraho followed by  Wardha (Maharashtra) 43, and Daltonganj (Jharkhand) at 42.9. Rain lashed the national capital at night as the day witnessed cloudy and sunny patches with light rainfall in some parts that brought respite to the people after a few days of

intense heat.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 36.3 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was registered at 21.8 degrees Celsius.

The weather department has forecast likelihood of rain, duststorm and thunderstorm in Delhi and NCR for tomorrow due to an active western disturbance across northwest India. 

The IMD in an evening bulletin said heatwave conditions were observed at most places across the country while severe heatwave conditions were observed at a few places over West Rajasthan, at many places over East Rajasthan, at a few places over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and East Uttar Pradesh. 

Rajasthan's Pilani (7 mm) and Churu (.5 mm) also received light rain.

The maximum temperature continued to hover above normal limits across Haryana and Punjab even as several parts of the 

two states received rains.

In Haryana, Hisar recorded maximum temperature at 35.6 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal. The city also recorded 0.1 mm of rainfall. Narnaul recorded 39 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal.

In Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala braved hot weather at 34.9 degrees and 33.3 degrees Celsius respectively, three notches

above normal.

Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded rainfall of 0.8 mm, 0.1 mm and 0.2 mm respectively, as per the MeT report. Many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall, while the plains in the Valley were lashed by rains. The state's Meteorological Department has forecast continuous wet spell till the weekend.

Few areas in the upper reaches of the Valley, including Gurez, Razdan Pass, Sadhna Top, Affarwat, and Amarnmath Cave 

received fresh light snowfall.