Mercury rises in Punjab, HP

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Chandigarh, May 28 (UNI) Mercury kept upward movement in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh but dipped at most places in Haryana today.

However, the maximum temperatures hovered one degree to four degrees celsius in the region as rain lashed isolated places last night.

In Punjab, the maximum rose at Amritsar recording 38.2 degrees celsius, two degrees below normal while Patiala registered 36.9 degrees celsius which was four degrees below normal.

In Haryana, the temperatures plummeted at several places after soaring yesterday. Hissar, where mercury touched 41.0 degrees celsius yesterday, recorded a fall in the temperature to 38.3 degrees celsius, three degrees below normal, following rain overnight. However, the town continued to be the hottest place in the state.

Ambala also recorded a fall in the temperature recording 36,4 degrees, four degrees below normal. However, the maximum increased at Karnal registering 37.2 degrees, three degrees below normal.

The temperatures also increased in Himachal Pradesh but stayed one degree to four degrees below normal. Una in lower hills recorded the maximum temperature at 38.6 degrees celsius, followed by Sunderdnagar registering 34.0 degrees, Bhuntar 31.8 degrees, Dharamsala 30.0 degrees and Shimla 24.9 degrees celsius.

There was no change in weather in Chandigarh where the maximum temperature remained static at 38.2 degrees celsius.

The Weather Office here predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers at few places in Himachal Pradesh and duststorm or thunderstorm with light to moderate rain at few places in Haryana and Punjab during the next 24 hours. Haistorms or thundersqualls with speed exceeding 45 km per hour is likely to occur at isolated places in the region during the period.

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