Chandigarh, Jun 25 (UNI) Hot and humid weather conditions persisted in the plains while rain lashed isolated places in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh during the past 24 hours.
However, the maximum temperatures increased at most places but stayed below normal by two to seven degrees in the region recording higher levels of humidity.
People groaned under sizzling heat at Amritsar with the maximum rising to 36.0 degrees Celsius, turning it the hottest place in Punjab. Patiala, lashed by moderate rain overnight, recorded the maximum at 34.4 degrees celsius, five degrees below normal, and Ludhiana showed 33.5 degrees celsius, seven degrees below normal.
Hissar with 37.7 degrees was the hottest place in Haryana. Rains lashed Ambala and Karnal, settling the temperatures at 35.8 degrees and 34.8 degrees celsius at respective places.
Isolated areas in Himachal Pradesh experienced rain. Una in lower hills was the hottest place in the state, recording the maximum temperature at 35.8 degrees celsius, followed by Bhuntar registering 34.3 degrees, Mandi 32.3 degrees, Sundernagar 31.9 degrees and Dharamsala 26.8 degrees. The capital town of Shimla recorded the maximum at 23.4 degrees celsius.
Chandigarh and its adjoining areas in Punjab and Haryana experienced humid conditions. The city recorded the maximum temperature at 35.4 degrees celsius, three degrees below normal.
The Weather Office here predicted moderate to rather heavy rain or thundershowers at few places in Himachal Pradesh and light to moderate rain or thundershowers at few places in Haryana and Punjab during the next 24 hours.
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