Chandigarh, May 5 (UNI) Hissar experienced the hottest day of the season with the mercury soaring to 46.8 degree celsius as heat wave swept across the plains in Punjab and Haryana today.
The maximum temperature stayed two to six degree celsius above normal in the region, making the people groan under hot weather conditions. The current heat wave has already claimed the life of one person in the region.
People, reeling under blistering heat wave at Hissar, faced power cuts and shortage of water, adding to their problems. The mercury kept its upward movement elsewhere as well with Ambala recording 41.4 degrees celsius while the temperature settled at 39.8 degrees, two degrees above normal, at Karnal.
In Punjab, Amritsar was the hottest place with the mercury touching 43.2 degrees celsius, six degrees above normal, while Ludhiana showed 42.6 degrees and Patiala 42.8 degrees, four degrees above normal.
The temperature further rose in Chandigarh and its adjoining areas with the city recording 41.4 degrees, four degrees above normal, against 39.4 degrees registered yesterday.
Parts of Himachal Pradesh also reported a rise in the temperature.
The capital town of Shimla recorded the maximum at 27.3 degrees, five degrees above normal, while Bhuntar in Kullu district reported 34.7 degrees, six degrees above normal.
The weather office has predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh and duststorm or thunderstorm with light rain in isolated places in Punjab and Haryana during the next 24 hours.
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