Mercury rises in the region
Chandigarh, May 10 (UNI) Hot weather conditions prevailed in parts of north-west India as the temperature again rose today while the toll in the Monday squall in the region rose to 15.
The maximum temperature hovered one degree to four degrees celsius above normal at most places in the region.
Keeping in view the prevailing hot weather conditions in the region, the Punjab Government declared summer vacations in Government schools from tomorrow till June 30.
The Haryana Government decided to change the school timings during the Summer. Effective from tomorrow the new timings in all schools will be from 0700 hours to 1300 hours instead of 0800 hours to 1400 hours.
People groaned under intense heat at Hissar where the mercury soared to 44.0 degrees celsius, turning out to be hottest place in Haryana. Karnal registered 40.5 degrees, two degrees above normal while Ambala showed 40.0 degrees.
In Punjab, sizzling heat persisted at Amritsar recording 41.7 degrees, four degrees above normal, followed by Ludhiana registering 40.8 degrees and Patiala 40.7 degrees, two degrees above normal.
Seven more casualities were reported in the Monday night squall from Punjab, taking the toll in the region to 15. Five deaths each occured in Patiala and Gurdaspur districts, two in Ropar district and one in Kapurthala district while two deaths had been reported from Himachal Pradesh.
The temperature also rose in Himachal Pradesh where rain lashed some areas, including Sundernagar, Bhuntar and Kalpa. The capital town of Shimla reported 25.3 degrees, three degrees above normal.
Hot and sultry weather conditions prevailed in Chandigarh and its adjoining areas. The city recorded 39.0 degrees, two degrees above normal.
The weather office has predicted light to moderate rain/thundershowers at many places in Himachal Pradesh and duststorm/thunderstorm with light rain at few places in Haryana and Punjab during the next 24 hours. Hailstorm/thundersquall with windspeed exceeding 45 kmph is likely to occur at isolated places in the region.
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