Heat wave continues unabated in north-west region

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Chandigarh, May 1 (UNI) Heat wave continued unabated in many parts of north-west India as the mercury hovered above normal in the region today.

People groaned under scorching heat wave conditions as hot surface winds blew across the region where the maximum temperature stayed four degrees to six degrees Celsius above normal.

Blistering heat wave lashed Hissar recording 44.1 degrees Celsius, turning it the hottest place in Haryana, followed by Karnal and Ambala recording 42.0 degrees Celsius each.

In Punjab, where the heat wave has already claimed the life of a person, the mercury soared to 43.4 degrees, six degrees above normal at Amritsar which was the hottest place in the state. However, the temperature remained static at 42.6 degrees at Patiala while Ludhiana registered 42.2 degrees Celsius.

People in Chandigarh and its adjoining areas also groaned under heat wave conditions although the maximum temperature dipped to 41.8 degrees Celsius. Hot winds swept across the city during the day.

Heat wave conditions, which had abated from Himachal Pradesh, revived in certain areas of the state.

Una in lower hills recorded the maximum temperature at 41.0 degrees, Mandi 38.2, Sundernagar 37.8, Bhuntar 32.0, Dharamsala 34.5 and Shimla 26.9 degrees Celsius.

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

The Met office predicted light rain or thundershowers at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh and duststorms or thunderstorms at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana during the next 24 hours.

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