Chandigarh: Stormy end to sizzling Saturday

The tricity on Saturday witnessed different moods of weather. In the first half of the day, the residents were left gasping as the mercury touched 43 degrees Celsius, but by the evening, high velocity winds gave way to a dust storm, followed by rain, bringing some relief.
Updated on May 24, 2015 01:12 PM IST
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The tricity on Saturday witnessed different moods of weather. In the first half of the day, the residents were left gasping as the mercury touched 43 degrees Celsius, but by the evening, high velocity winds gave way to a dust storm, followed by rain, bringing some relief.

According to the Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, maximum temperature on Saturday was recorded at 43.4 degrees Celsius, which was five notches above normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at 25.3 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal. There was a significant decrease in humidity also.

Following the extremely hot conditions till afternoon, the sky turned cloudy in the evening. Soon, high-velocity winds started blowing, leading to a dust storm, thunderstorm and rain. As per the meteorological centre’s forecast, similar weather conditions are likely to continue for the next two days.

The sky will remain partly cloudy till Monday, but there will not be much relief from the heat wave. The maximum temperature will also hover around 43 degrees Celsius and minimum around 25 degrees.

In the region, Bhiwani in Haryana sizzled at 45.2 degrees Celsius on Saturday, followed by Hisar at 44.7 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar was the hottest at 43.6 degrees Celsius, followed by Ludhiana at 44.5 degrees Celsius.

In SAS Nagar, many areas plunged into darkness following a dust storm in the evening. The areas where the power supply was affected included parts of Phase 7, 10, 3B1, 3B2, 9, Sectors 68 to 70 and industrial area Phases 9 and 11.

The transmission lines were damaged as uprooted tress fell on them. “We are repairing all the faults and electricity will be restored in a few hours,” said an official of the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd. Till the filing of this report, several parts of SAS Nagar were without power.

PROLONGED POWER CUTS ADD TO WOES IN PERIPHERAL AREAS

Unscheduled power cuts in city’s outskirts, especially Zirakpur in SAS Nagar district, have been giving a tough time to the residents. The worst affected areas in Zirakpur are Dhakoli, VIP Road and Patiala Road.

The residents of Dhakoli were left high and dry on Friday when they were left without power for 24 hours. On Saturday, the area was without power for around six hours.

The residents of Dashmesh Colony in Zirakpur were without electricity since 4pm till the filing of this report.

K Kapoor, 65, a resident of New Generation Apartments in Dhakoli, said, “We stayed without power for 24 hours. We called up at all helpline numbers, but didn’t get any respite.” He said due to power cut, the residents were also facing water shortage.

Another resident of Dhakoli’s Hill View Society, Geetika Katharia, 34, said there was no electricity from 11am to 8pm on Saturday. “At least the electricity department should inform the residents regarding the power cuts in advance,” she said.

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