The heatwave blowing across the region intensified on Thursday, with the maximum temperature reaching 43.8°C — the hottest day this year so far.
The mercury was six degrees above normal, making Thursday the hottest May 23 in the past five years.
The weather conditions are expected to persist and city residents will not get any respite during the weekend. The minimum temperature on Thursday was 25.6°Celsius (C), three degrees above normal.
Apart from predicting warm winds blowing at a speed of 4-5 km/h, the meteorological department has forecast dust storms, which will reduce visibility because of dust particles suspended in the air.
Though the city was the hottest so far on Thursday, it was comparatively cooler than cities in neighbouring states. While Amritsar in Punjab touched 48°C on Thursday, the maximum temperature in Haryana's Hisar town was 47.3°C.
"Yes, the temperatures will rise in the next few days, especially in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh," an official of the Chandigarh municipal corporation said. "The states of Punjab and Haryana will reel under a severe heatwave. In Chandigarh, conditions are expected to worsen."
Hottest May 23 in 5 years
Year Maximum Minimum
2013 43.8°C 25.6°C
2012 40.6°C 28.1°C
2011 33.1°C 23.4°C
2010 42°C 24.6°C
2009 35.6°C 23.6°C
2008 28.6 C 22.6°C