Parts of Rajasthan witnessed light to moderate rain accompanied by dust storms in the past 24 hours, according to the weather department.
In Dholpur district, two youths were killed and three injured in two separate lightning strikes on Wednesday night. Two huts and the goods and straw kept in them were also burned to ashes, police said.
Ankush Sharma, 20, died from lightning while sitting with his brothers in a hut near the house in Dholpurm village of Sadpur, they said.
Police said his brothers Rahul, Rohit and Mohit, who were with Ankush, were also injured, but their condition is not serious.
In another incident, Gajendra (24) died from lightning strike in Foospura village of Dholpur district.
Police said Gajendra went to defecate on Wednesday night. When it rained heavily, he sought shelter in a nearby straw shed. Meanwhile, the straw caught fire from lightning and Gajendra was burned.
However, much of the state recorded a marginal increase in maximum temperatures on Wednesday.
According to Meteorological Department (MeT) data, 320mm of rain has been recorded in Bhopal Sagar of Chittorgarh in last 24 hours (until 8am on Wednesday), 250mm in Bassi, 170mm in Kapasan, 100mm in Bhilwara Tehsil, 96 mm in Bhilwara, 70 mm each in Kunwaria of Rajsamand, Khanpur of Jhalawar, Bhainsrorgarh in Chittorgarh and Nagaur tehsil, 40 mm in Khatauli in Kota, 20 mm in Kotdi in Bhilwara and 10 mm in Bhadesar of Chittorgarh.
On the other hand, 31.5 mm of rain was recorded from morning to evening in Karauli, 3.5 mm in Dholpur and 1.4 mm in Pilani of Jhunjhunu.
According to the Met Department, Sriganganagar was the hottest place in the state on Wednesday with a maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature in Tonk, Churu and Kota was 43 degrees Celsius each, 42.3 degrees Celsius in Dholpur and 42.2 degrees Celsius. in Sangaria of Hanumangarh district, Sawai Madhopur recorded 42 degrees Celsius and other major places recorded 41.8 degrees Celsius to 38.3 degrees Celsius.
Thunderstorms and rain are likely to continue in some parts of Jaipur and Bharatpur on Thursday, a spokesman said.
He said the weather is likely to remain dry in most parts from May 19 to 21 and temperatures are expected to rise by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius.
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