Hissar records 45.6 degrees celsius
Chandigarh, June 2 (UNI) North-west India reeled under severe hot weather conditions with the mercury rising further in the region, touching 45.6 degrees celsius at Hissar.
The maximum temperature hovered above normal by three degrees celsius in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh and three degrees to five degrees celsius in Haryana even as parts of Himachal Pradesh experienced rain.
People groaned under intense heat wave conditions at Hissar with the mercury touching 45.6 degrees celsius, five degrees above normal, turning it the hottest place in Haryana. The shortage of power and water has added to the problems of the people in the town.
Karnal and Ambala also recorded increased temperatures, respectively showing 43.8 degrees, four degrees above normal, and 43.0 degrees, three degrees up. Heat wave conditions are likely to develop in some more parts of Haryana till tomorrow.
Scorching heat also prevailed in Punjab following further rise in the temperature. Ludhiana with 44.2 degrees celsius, three degrees above normal, was the hottest place in the state, followed by Patiala recording 43.6 degrees and Amritsar showing 42.6 degrees.
Chandigarh and its surrounding areas were also under the impact of intense hot weather conditions with the city recording 43.0 degrees, three degrees above normal. Hot and dusty winds swept during the day.
In Himachal Pradesh, the capital town of Shimla recorded the hottest day of season with the mercury soaring to 28.3 degrees, four degrees above normal, while Una with 42.4 degrees celsius turned out to be hottest place in the hilly state. Sundernagar in Mandi district recorded 38.0 degrees and Bhuntar in Kullu district registered 35.4 degrees celsius, three degrees above dnormal.
The weather office has predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, partly cloudy days in Punjab and mainly sunny days in Haryana during the next 24 hours.