Mercury continues to soar in northern India

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Ludhiana, May 22 (ANI): Rising mercury levels are breaking several old records in India as many parts of country experiencing extreme heat wave conditions. The temperature has crossed the 43-degree mark and the scorching heat has forced the residents in to covering themselves with cloth before venturing outdoors.

In Ludhiana, the roadside stalls selling juices, lemonades have become quite a hit with the people, who stop over frequently at these stalls to quench their thirst and beat the heat.

"This year the heat is unbearable. The temperature has already touched 42-43 degrees. The car AC also does not work in this heat and we have to stop frequently and take juice or eat melon, there is no other way to beat the heat," said Dilbag Rana, a resident.

While the heat is making the people miserable, the Meteorology department is quite happy as according to them, more heat will result in a better monsoon season.

"This heat augurs well for monsoon. The more the heat, the more it will rain, which is good," said GS Bains, Head, Agro Meteorology, Punjab Agriculture University.

Meanwhile, in Shimla, a bout of heavy rainfall brought respite to residents.he mercury level had hit 32-33 degree in Shimla, quite high for the scenic resort. The rain shower brought down the temperature a bit, bringing cheer to the locals and visitors alike.

"The temperature had reached 30-32 degrees in Shimla. This rain has brought some relief from the heat and also it will help boost tourism in the region," said Lekh Raj, a resident. (ANI)

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