For a change, city residents are anxiously waiting for the month of June to get rid of the ongoing heat wave! If the meteorology department officials are to be believed, the region will experience rain in the first week of June.
Experts at the Chandigarh meteorological centre say the rain will bring much relief to the people of northern states and Ludhiana is expected to experience showers from June 1 onwards.
The mercury in Ludhiana hovered above 40 degrees Celsius in the last week of May, leaving people gasping.
“As per the fresh forecast, there are chances of heavy rainfall accompanied with strong winds.
In some parts of the state, rainfall may begin from Sunday evening itself, but Ludhiana is likely to experience showers from June 1 onwards.
The temperature will also come below 40 degrees Celsius,” said a Met official from Chandigarh when contacted by HT over phone.
When it comes to highest temperature recorded in Ludhiana in the month of May, it was 48.3 degrees Celsius in the year 1944 as per Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi.
In the same year, Bikaner in Rajasthan had touched 49.4 degrees Celsius as per the IMD.
City residents say for the last several weeks it had become difficult to step out during the day time.
They say even after taking all precautions, such as covering body parts to avoid direct sun rays, the heat was unbearable.
“Each year, summers are becoming hotter and I feel it is because of the global warming for which our so-called modern world is to blame,” said Nirmal Singh, a Punjabi writer who has penned articles on global warming.
Taking note that the grain markets were full of wheat, this correspondent tried to find out whether the grain was safe from rain there.
District mandi officer Narinder Singh Tiwana said 95% of the wheat had already been lifted. “For whatever is left, we shall get it covered with tarpaulins so that it does not get wet,” he said.