Hot weather conditions persist in plains

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Chandigarh, Jun 26 (UNI) Hot weather conditions persisted in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh union territory as monsoon rain eluded most parts of the region today.

Only isolated areas in the region experienced rain overnight and the maximum temperatures stayed below normal at many places in the region.

Except for Ludhiana, Patiala, Phillaur, Shimla, Karnal and some areas in Mewat district in Haryana, the region had no rains since last night, according to the Weather Office here. However, monsoon clouds hovered at many places in the region during the day.

Schorching heat prevailed in Haryana with Hissar recording 41.6 degrees celsius, two degrees above nowmal. The mercury, however, settled at 36.8 degrees, one degree below normal, at Ambala and 36.0 degrees, two degrees below normal, at Karnal.

In Punjab, the mercury again soared at Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala, respectively recording 37.8 degrees, 36.3 degrees and 36.4 degrees celsius which were one degree, four degrees and three degrees below normal at respective places.

The temperature also rose at Chandigarh and its adjoining areas.

The city, drapped in clouds, recorded the maximum temperature at 36.2 degrees celsius, two degrees below normal.

Some areas in Himachal Pradesh experienced rain. Bhuntar recorded the maximum temperature at 36.1 degrees, Sunderdnagar 32.6 degrees, Mandi 32.4 degrees and Dharamsala 27.6 degrees celsius. The mercury stayed at 23.6 degrees at Shimla.

The Met Office said light to moderate rain or thundershowers were likely to occur at few places in Himachal Pradesh and isolated places in Punjab and Haryana during the next 24 hours.

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