Rains continued to lash Punjab and Haryana on Monday even as the minimum temperatures rose by few notches above normal in most parts of both the states.
Union Territory of Chandigarh received rainfall of 54.4 mm while its minimum was recorded at 13.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, a MeT department report said.
Among other places in Punjab, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala were lashed by 77 mm, 41.5 mm and 63.9 mm of rainfall while their minimum temperatures were recorded at 9.4 degrees Celsius, 13.1 degrees Celsius and 13 degrees Celsius respectively.
In neighbouring Haryana, Karnal received maximum rainfall of 97.4 mm and its minimum settled at 13.2 degrees Celsius.
Among other parts of the state, Ambala, Hisar, Narnaul and Bhiwani received rainfall at 72.6 mm, 35.4 mm, 15 mm and 23.8 mm respectively.
The minimum temperatures in these areas was recorded at 14.6 degrees Celsius, 14.1 degrees Celsius, 12.5 degrees Celsius and 14.4 degrees Celsius respectively.
The maximum temperatures in most parts of Punjab and Haryana dropped yesterday following the rains as the mercury settled between 16 and 19 degrees Celsius in both the states.
Agriculture scientists said though rains are beneficial for wheat crop but showers along with strong winds could
flatten it and could cause lodging in the fields which is harmful for the crop.