Hisar was the hottest place in the region as it sizzled at 47.1 degree Celsius, six degrees above normal , as intense heat wave conditions prevailed in Punjab and Haryana on Saturday with the mercury touching 45 degrees Celsius at most places in both states.
The maximum temperatures rose by several notches above nor mal in various places in Punjab and Haryana, the Met department said here.
In Haryana, Ambala recorded a high of 44 degrees Celsius, 4 degrees above normal, while Narnaul settled at 42 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 44.4 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal. It was the third highest temperature recorded in the union territory in the month of June in the last 10 years. Previously, in 2012, the city recorded the highest temperature at 45.6 degrees Celsius and in 2007 it was the second highest at 45 degrees Celsius in June.
In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum of 46 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal while Ludhiana and Patiala sizzled at 45.5 degrees Celsius and 45 degree Celsius, respectively. The Met department in its forecast said the heat wave would continue and the weather would remain dry in the neighbouring states in the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Shimla at 31.4 degrees Celsius recorded the highest temperature of the season. The temperature in the state was recorded five degrees above normal. The Met department has forecast dry weather for a week. “There is no western disturbance wind on the cards and dry weather can result in more increase in temperature,” said Shimla Met centre director Manmohan Singh. Una was the hottest place in the state at 44 degrees Celsius.
Srinagar recorded a maximum of 30.7 degrees Celsius, whereas Jammu recorded a maximum temperature at 43.5 degrees Celsius.