Rain is expected to bring respite from persisting hot weather in coming days. Showers that might lash not just the city, but entire Punjab, will lower the temperature from 40 degrees Celsius to 36 degrees Celsius, said Chandigarh meteorological centre officials.
"While in other parts, rainfall along with light to strong winds may commence on Monday, in Ludhiana, it is expected to rain from Sunday. There are also chances of delay,"said an official.
However, if it starts to rain during early hours on Sunday, programmes planned for International Yoga Day in various parts of the city will be affected.
Yoga enthusiasts, who are all set for the day, hoped the rainfall starts later during the day as most sessions are being organised in the open.
"All excitement will fizzle out if it rains. It will be very discouraging for us,"said Amarjot Kaur, a 60-year-old resident, who has planned to attend the yoga session with her entire family.
Considering the inclement weather, some organisers have already updated the expected gathering about alternative arrangements.
"We are expecting hundreds of yoga enthusiasts to turn up on Sunday. We have told them that if it rains, we will shift the venue to the hall near the Punjab Agricultural University grounds ,"said Jila Ram Bansal, 80, who will head a yoga camp on the PAU campus on behalf of the varsity's retirees' welfare association.
At some venues, non-governmental organisations have set up lavish sets, which might get spoiled if it pours on Sunday morning.
Dip in mercury on the cards
Day Max (°C) Min (°C)
June 21 29 39
June 22 28 38
June 23 28 38
June 24 27 36
June 25 27 36
Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm
(Source: Meterological Centre, Chandigarh)