<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There was no respite from the scorching sun in Odisha where more than 10 places breached the 40-degree mark, while a brief spell of evening rain brought the mercury down in the national capital. It was a pleasant day in the national capital which received traces of rains in the evening. The minimum temperature settled at 24.3 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of season, a MeT official said. The maximum temperature dipped marginally from yesterday and settled at 38.1 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature yesterday was 39.2 degrees Celsius. The MeT department has forecast a mainly clear for tomorrow. Gruelling heat wave prevailed across Odisha today with Balangir being the hottest at 44.3 degrees Celsius. At least 13 places breached the 40-degree mark– nine of them above 42. The MeT office has forecast that the heat wave will continue in most parts of the state for the next few days despite thundershower in some areas tomorrow. The maximum temperature in state capital Bhubaneswar stood at 36.8 degrees Celsius, while the mercury touched 36.5 degrees in Cuttack city. In Rajasthan, Kota was the hottest place at 41.5 degrees Celsius, followed by Barmer at 41.4 degrees. Jaisalmer and Churu recorded their day temperatures at 41.2 and 41 degrees Celsius respectively, while other stations registered their maximums below 40. Light rains occurred in Bhilwara (1 cm) and traces were recorded in Pilani in the morning. An IMD bulletin said thunderstorm occurred at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Punjab. In Punjab and Haryana, maximum temperatures hovered a few notches below normal in several parts thanks to overnight rain. Union Territory of Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 35.2 degree Celsius, two notches below normal. The city received a rainfall of 2 mm. Amritsar and Patiala received rainfall of 2 mm and 8.6 mm respectively. The MeT department has predicted light rain or thundershowers at isolated places in the two states in the next 24 hours. The Met department has predicted partly cloudy sky with the possibility of rain or thunderstorm for tomorrow in most parts of Bihar. State capital Patna recorded a maximum temperature of 35.7 degrees Celsius against yesterday’s 41.6. Gaya was the hottest place in the state at 39.5 degrees Celsius. Thunderstorm was witnessed in several areas of Himachal Pradesh while high-altitude tribal areas had another spell of snowfall, causing sharp fall in temperatures. Lightning also damaged electronic gazettes in several parts of Shimla while gusty winds blew off roofs of kachha houses and uprooted trees.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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13 Odisha towns record above-40 temp; light rain in Delhi