Chandigarh, May 3 (UNI) Higher reaches in Himachal Pradesh experienced snowfall for the second day, providing respite to the people from scorching heat in the plains of Punjab and Haryana today.
However, the maximum temperature, which dipped by one to six degrees in the plains yesterday, again rose today, hovering four degrees above normal at Amritsar in Punjab, recording 41.1 degrees celsius.
Some other places in the state also showed rise in the mercury.
Ludhiana, which recorded a sharp fall in the mercury to 33.0 degrees celsius yesterday, registered an increase to 39 degrees. However, the temperature at Patiala dipped to 39 degrees.
Hisar with 42 degrees celsius, continued to be the hottest place in Haryana. Karnal recorded 38.8 degrees and Ambala 38.2 degrees, one degree below normal.
The temperature again rose in Chandigarh and its adjoining areas with the city recording 38.8 degrees, two degrees above normal.
High altitude areas of Chamba and Kullu districts of Himachal Pradesh experienced another spell of mild to moderate snowfall for the second day today, while the lower areas of these districts were lashed by rain, a report from Shimla said.
The capital town of Shimla and its adjoining areas were lashed by heavy downpour in the afternoon, plummeting the day temperature. The town recorded a high of 22.8 degrees today as against 24.8 degrees recorded yesterday.
The met department has predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers at few places in Himachal Pradesh and duststorm or thunderstorm with light rain at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana during the next 24 hours.
UNI VKJ SI HS1926