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JAMMU: Even as Jammu got respite from intense heat, the weather conditions took ugly turn in Uttar Pradesh where 26 people were killed in dust storms and lightning, while two persons died on Saturday in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra.
The people in Jammu woke up to a pleasant weather this morning after last night’s showers brought down the minimum temperature by four notches to settle within the normal limits.
The city recorded a low of 25.6 degrees Celsius against the previous night’s 30 degrees Celsius after a fresh spell of rains last night, a spokesperson of the meteorological department said.
A cloud cover also engulfed the city which had yesterday recorded a maximum temperature of 40.9 degrees Celsius 1.2 notches more than the normal during this time of the season.
The weatherman has forecast possibility of rain and thunderstorm today.
Katra, the base camp for pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi Shrine in Reasi district, also recorded an appreciable dip in minimum temperature which settled at 22.4 degrees Celsius against the previous night’s 27.5 degrees Celsius.
The town had recorded a high of 36 degrees Celsius yesterday.
Meanwhile, according to reports, a downpour battered Mumbai, causing disruptions in rail and air traffic, and a dust storm hit the national capital and its surrounding areas that had been reeling under the scorching heat for a few days.
There were reports of rains in Punjab, Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh, which had been sweating it out in sweltering conditions.
As many as 26 people were killed due to dust storms and lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, a government spokesperson said. Dust storms and lightning hit places in 11 districts of the state last night resulting in the death of 26 people, he said.
While five deaths each were reported from Jaunpur and Sultanpur, four died in Unnao, three each died in Chandauli and Bahraich, two in Rae Bareli and one each in Mirzapur, Sitapur, Amethi and Pratapgarh, the spokesperson said.
Kannauj district was also affected by a dust storm but no casualty was reported from there, he said.
The Indian Meteorological Department declared the onset of the monsoon over Mumbai, the adjoining Thane-Konkan areas, Ahmednagar, Parbhani and other parts of Maharashtra.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall was recorded in the suburbs till 8.30 am today,” IMD Deputy Director K S Hosalikar said.
The weatherman predicted rains in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh on Sunday.
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