Mercury soars in Punjab, Haryana; rain lashes parts of Himachal

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Chandigarh, May 16 (UNI) Hot weather conditions prevailed in Punjab Haryana and Chandigarh as the temperature soared in the region today.

In Punjab, the maximum rise at Amritsar and Patiala respectively recorded 41.8 degrees and 41.6 degrees Celsius, which were four and two degrees above normal.

The temperatures also rose in Haryana. Hissar turned out to be the hottest place in the state, registering the maximum at 42.9 degrees, three degrees above normal. Ambala recorded 40.1 degrees, while Karnal showed 40.0 degrees, one degree above normal.

The mercury also rose at Chandigarh and its adjoining areas in Punjab and Haryana but hovered two degrees below normal. The city recorded the maximum temperature at 40.2 degrees.

In Himachal Pradesh, where rain lashed some areas, the mercury fell at Bhuntar, Dharamsala and Kalpa while soaring at Una, Sundernagar and Shimla.

The maximum stayed two degrees below normal at Bhuntar in Kullu disrict, recording 29.0 degrees while Sundernagar in Mandi district registered 34.2 degrees following rain. Kalpa in Kinnaur district showed 21.9 degrees celsius.

The capital town of Shimla, which was also lashed by rainfall, recorded a high of 25.5 degrees degrees celsius, two degrees above normal.

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

Hailstorm or thundersquall with speed exceeding 45 km per hour is also likely to occur at isolated in the region during the period.

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