Chandigarh, May 14 (UNI) People in the northwest India had a respite from hot weather conditions following rain at isolated places in the region during the past 24 hours.
Despite rains, the mercury rose at many places in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh but plummeted in Haryana. However, the maximum temperature hovered below normal by two degrees to six degrees celsius in the plains in the wake of rains.
Rains lashed isolated places in Punjab, including Nangal Dam, Balachour, Mukerian and Patiala, providing relief from heat.
The mercury rose, in Ludhiana and Patiala, respectively recording 35.7 degrees and 35.6 degrees celsius, which were four degrees below normal. The temperature, however, declined to 38.1 degrees celsius at Amritsar.
The maximum temperatures also dipped at most places in Haryana in the wake of rains at few places, including Ambala, Hissar, Karnal and Bhivani.
The maximum dipped to 37.8 degrees at Hissar following a windstorm and rain, while Bhivani registered 36.4 degrees and Karnal 33.4 degrees celsius, six degrees below normal.
However, the temperature slightly increased at Ambala recording 33.8 degrees celsius, five degrees below normal.
Parts of Himachal Pradesh were also lashed by rainfall overnight but the mercury rose at some places, including higher hills.
Bhuntar in Kullu district showed an increase in the maxmimum temperature, recording 32 degrees celsius while state capital Shimla registered 23.2 degrees celsius.
The temperature also increased at Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district, Dharamsala, headquarters of Kangra district, and Una in lower hills, respectively recording 21.4 degrees, 30.4 degrees and 36 degrees celsius.
Chandigarh and its adjoining areas in Punjab and Haryana recorded an increase in the mercury. The city recorded the maximum temperature at 34.6 degrees celsius, three degrees below normal.
The Weather Office predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers at few places in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab during the next 24 hours.
Hailstorm or thundersquall with speed exceeding 45 km per hour is likely to occur at isolated in the region during the period.
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