The sudden rise in temperature showed its impact on the polling for the zila parishad and block samiti elections in the district on Sunday.
With the maximum temperature touching 45 degrees Celsius, voters preferred to remain indoors than to come out to exercise their franchise, which was reflected in the poor 50% polling.
Even for those who mustered the courage to step out, it proved to be a daunting task with the searing heat.
Meanwhile, except some minor skirmishes, the polling remained largely peaceful in the district. Minor arguments were reported between workers of Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress at Dugri, Gill, Dakha, Ayali, Jasdev Nagar and Phoolanwal polling stations.
District Congress (rural) president Malkit Singh Dakha said the low poll percentage in the rural polls would be in favour of the Congress.
“The SAD claims of having a stronghold in villages, which the low polling percentage has proved wrong. This will work against the ruling alliance and in favour of Congress,” he said.
On the other hand, District SAD (rural) president Santa Singh Umaidpur said the high temperature had deterred people from coming out to cast their votes.