Chandigarh, Jun 4 (UNI) Hot weather conditions prevailed in the north-west India as the mercury continued its upward movement at many places in the region today.
People groaned under hot weather conditions in Haryana where Hissar was the hottest place recording the maximum temperature at 42.9 degrees celsius, two degrees above normal, followed by Ambala registering 39.9 degrees and Karnal showing 38.8 celsius.
In Punjab, where the mercury hovered one degree to two degrees celsius below normal, the maximum temperature slightly dropped at Amritsar but increased at Patiala, respectively recording 39.2 degrees and 39.0 degrees celsius.
The temperatures rose in mid and high hills of Himachal Pradesh but declined in lower hills. Certain areas of the state experienced rain overnight.
Una in lower hills recorded a fall in the mercury, registering the maximum at 38.6 degrees celsius following rain overnight while Dharamsala, headquarters of Kangra district, registered 30.6 degrees celsius, one degree below normal. The maximum also fell at Mandi and Sundernagar, respectively showing 34.2 degrees and 35.3 degrees celsius.
However, Bhuntar in Kullu district, Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district and the capital town of Shimla recorded increase in the temperatures. The maximum settled at 33.6 degrees, two degrees above normal, at Bhuntar, 22.7 degrees at Kalpa and 24.4 degrees at Shimla. The capital town and Nahan, headquarters of Sirmour district, were lashed by rain overnight.
Hot weather conditions also prevailed in Chandigarh and its surrounding areas even as the mercury dipped to 38.6 degrees in the city.
The Weather Office predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers at few places in Himachal Pradesh and duststorms or thunderstorms with light to moderate rain at few places in Haryana and isolated places in 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.
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