Punjab and Haryana continued to sizzle on Thursday with Amritsar witnessing its hottest day in history at 48 degrees Celsius.
Several other cities reeled under severe heat wave conditions. The weatherman has forecast intensification of the heat wave throughout the region in the days to come.
The holy city of Amritsar broke its all-time record of highest temperature, with the maximum reading in 37 years. “The previous highest maximum in Amritsar was 47.6°C in 1978,” said Surinder Paul of Chandigarh Meteorological Centre. Hisar recorded the highest temperature in neighboring Haryana with a maximum of 47.3°C and is nearing its all-time high of 48°C recorded in 1998.
Chandigarh, at 43.8°C, also witnessed the highest temperature in five years, with blistering weather conditions also prevailing in several other parts of the two states. Punjab’s Ludhiana district recorded hottest day of the season with a maximum temperature of 46.5°C, eight notches above normal. In Haryana, Bhiwani was seven degrees above normal with a maximum temperature of 46°C.
The hill states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are also battling the heat wave. Jammu experienced hottest day of the season with mercury touching 45.8°C, eight notches above normal, while there is no respite from heat in the lower parts of Himachal Pradesh as well. Una was the hottest in Himachal Pradesh with a maximum temperature of 45.2°C. Shimla recorded a maximum temperature of 30.8°C, seven degrees above normal.
While the summer vacations in several private schools in the region start tomorrow, the searing heat saw the Punjab government change the timings of all primary schools to 8am to noon. In Hisar, a day after five students of a primary school fainted, the district authorities have requested the state government to change the primary-school timings to 7am to noon. Yesterday, the Gurgaon administration had revised the timings of primary schools in the district.
Facing the heat
District Max Min
Chandigarh 43.8 25.6
Hisar 47.3 28.1
Bhiwani 46 29.0
Narnaul 46.0 29.0
Shimla 30.8 21.7
Amritsar 48.0 25.0
Ludhiana 46.5 25.9
Jammu 45.8 26.0
Srinagar 32.2 14.6
All figures in degree Celsius