Heat wave intensifies in north-west region

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Chandigarh, Apr 30 (UNI) The north-west India was in the grip of intensified heat wave as the mercury further increased in the region, touching 45.2 degrees celsius at Hissar today.

The maximum temperature hovered four degrees to six degrees celsius above normal at many places in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Union Territory, making the people groan under sweltering heat wave.

Heat wave conditions prevailing in isolated parts of Punjab and Haryana and some parts of Himachal Pradesh are likely to continue for the next two days, according to the Weather Office here.

The mercury soared to 45.2 degrees celsius at Hissar, turning it the hottest place in Haryana, followed by Karnal recording 42.0 degrees and Ambala 41.8 degrees celsius, four degrees above normal.

People groaned under intensified heat wave in Punjab where the mercury stayed five degrees to six degrees celsius above normal.

Patiala was the hottest place in the state with the maximum touching 42.6 degrees celsius, followed by Amritsar recording 42.4 degrees and Ludhiana registering 42.1 degrees celsius.

Heat wave conditions persisted in Chandigarh and its surrounding areas as the mercury further increased. The city recorded the maximum temperature at 42.0 degrees, six degrees above normal.

Heat wave conditions also prevailed in Himachal Pradesh. Una in lower hills recorded the maximum at 41.2 degrees and Sundernagar 37.5 degrees celsius.

The maximum hovered six degrees above normal at Dharamsala and Shimla respectively recording 33.8 degrees and 27.0 degrees celsius.

The weather office has predicted duststorms or thunderstorms at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab and mainly sunny day in Himahcal Pradesh during the next 24 hours.

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