New Delhi: The capital's long wait for the monsoon finally ended on Friday as it woke up to early morning showers. The temperature in the national capital region is expected to drop, after weeks of scorching heat. On Thursday, the maximum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 41.1 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal, while the minimum was recorded at 29.5 degrees.
In Rajasthan, meanwhile, the monsoon hit the eastern parts that received light rainfall. The temperatures in tourist cities such as Ajmer, Jaipur and Udaipur dipped after the rainshowers. Other parts, however, still remained under the grip of intense heat with the day temperature at 29.4 degrees Celsius minimum and 41.8 degrees Celsius maximum.
Most parts of Himachal Pradesh too have been lashed by heavy rains since Thursday as monsoon reached the state. Monsoon was vigorous in Kangra, Mandi, Shimla, Chamba and Sirmaur. Solan and Gaggal districts were the wettest in the region with 152 mm rain. The maximum temperature in the state fell to 36.8 degrees Celsius.
However, there has been no respite for Punjab yet where the ongoing heatwave has claimed six lives in Amritsar. There was some relief for capital Chandigarh after moderate rains brought the temperature down. The Met office has predicted that the monsoon will hit the state by the weekend.
Narnaul in Haryana had the highest temperature with a high of 42.6 degrees Celsius, while Patiala was boiling at 38.4 degrees Celsius.