Heat wave claims life of a person in Amritsar

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Chandigarh, Apr 29 (UNI) One person died of heat stroke in Punjab as heat wave intensified in several parts of north-west plains today following further rise in the mercury.

Hot surface winds swept across most parts of the region where power cuts and shortage of water have added to the problems of the people. The maximum temperatures hovered four degrees to six degrees celsius.

An unidentified person suffered heat stroke and later died at warriach village in Beas area in Amritsar district of Punjab, a report from Amritsar said.

Intense heat wave lashed Hissar with the maximum temperature rising to 45 degrees celsius, six degrees above normal, turning the town as the hottest place in Haryana. The maximum soared to 41.2 degrees at Karnal and Ambala.

Heat wave also lashed Punjab, where Amritsar was the hottest place recording the maximum at 42.1 degrees, six degrees above normal.

Ludhiana and Patiala showed 42.0 degrees celsius each which was , five degrees and four degrees above normal respectively.

Chandigarh and its surrounding areas were also under the impact of heat wave. The city, which was swept by hot winds during the day, recorded 41.0 degrees, five degrees above normal.

In Himachal Pradesh, the temperature stayed six degrees above normal at Shimla and five degrees above normal at Dharamsala and Mandi and four degrees up at Bhuntar, respectively showing 26.6 degrees, 32.6 degrees, 37.4 degrees and 32.9 degrees.

The weather office has predicted light rain or thundershowers at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh and duststorm or thunderstorm with light rain at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana during the next 24 hours.

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