New Delhi: After hitting Kerala, the monsoon is expected to advance to parts of Tamil Nadu and drought-hit states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh over the next two days. Arriving in Kerala two days ahead of schedule, the monsoon has boosted farming prospects and raised hopes in the cotton and sugar growing belt.
Meanwhile, onset of monsoon brought respite from the heat for the north Indians as the mercury continued its slow descent in Delhi, which registered a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius today - two degrees below normal and lower than the 40.6 degrees recorded yesterday. The minimum in the national capital was a notch below normal at 26.7 degrees, but slightly higher than yesterday's 24.8 degrees.
Light to moderate rainfall and thundershowers at one or two places in eastern Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours led to day temperatures falling in the Gorakhpur and Bareilly divisions. Kanpur recorded 7-cm rainfall while Gorakhpur received showers measuring 3-cm. It also rained in Deoria and Allahabad (each 2-cm) and in Shahjahanpur (1-cm).
Etawah continued to be the hottest place in the state although it saw the maximum come down to 43.4 degrees Celsius from 45.6 degrees yesterday. Temperatures also saw a drop in the states of Punjab and Haryana which have seen the mercury soar as an effect of the heat wave sweeping the region.
Union territory and common capital of Chandigarh was at a relatively cool 36 degrees today as opposed to 40.3 degrees yesterday. In Punjab, Ludhiana recorded a maximum of 38.5 degrees after it saw the mercury touching 42.6 degrees yesterday.
Amritsar, however, continued to sweat under the sizzling heat with a maximum of 46.2 degrees, up from 44 degrees yesterday.
(With Additional Inputs From PTI)