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Rain lashes most parts of Punjab, Haryana

PTI   Chandigarh, February 16, 2013
First Published: 15:05 IST(16/2/2013) | Last Updated: 15:06 IST(16/2/2013)

Moderate to heavy rainfall on Saturday lashed most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh even as mercury rose by up to four degrees above normal at certain areas of the region.

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While Narnaul was drenched by 21 mm of rains, Ambala received 14.4 mm of rainfall, the MeT Department said here.

Among other places, Ludhiana received 8.5 mm of rains followed by 6.8 mm at Bhiwani, 6.4 mm at Patiala, six mm at Chandigarh and 5.6 mm at Amritsar.

Besides, Karnal received 3.8 mm of rains and Hisar 1.6 mm of rainfall.

According to the MeT office, the western disturbances over north Pakistan and its neighbourhood have caused widespread rainfall in Punjab and Haryana where the night temperature is likely to rise followed by a drop in the day temperature.

"The minimum temperature oscillated between two to four degrees celsius above normal in most parts of Punjab and Haryana," a MeT office said.

Amritsar settled at a low of 10.4 degrees celsius, three degrees above normal.

While Narnaul had a low of 11.4 degrees celsius, two degrees above normal, the minimum at Ambala and Patiala was an identical 11.9 degrees celsius, three and two degrees above normal respectively.

Among other places, Ludhiana had a low of 12.2 degrees, two degrees above normal, followed by 12.4 degrees celsius at Karnal, three degrees above normal. Chandigarh settled at 12.6 degrees celsius, four degrees above normal and Bhiwani at 13 degrees Celsius.

Besides, Hisar had a low of 13.5 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal.

The MeT Department has predicted clear sky with fall in day temperatures in the region during the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, rainfall is highly beneficial for crops, especially the wheat crop, experts said.

It will reduce the impact of ground frost which is otherwise harmful for broad-leaved crops, they said, adding that it would also reduce dust and haze.

Rains also caused power disruption at several places in Punjab and Haryana.

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