Punjab’s Bathinda town sizzles at record high of 47.5°C, hottest day in 20 years
Punjab was in the grip of a severe heat wave with Bathinda recording a record high of 47.5°C, followed by Amritsar at 43°C, Chandigarh and Jalandhar at 42°C, and Ludhiana at 40°C.
As per the agro-meteorological centre of Punjab Agricultural University’s regional research centre this is the highest temperature recorded in Bathinda since 2000. The second highest temperature recorded in this period was 47.2°C on June 8, 2014.
RAIN ON THE CARDS IN CHANDIGARH, LUDHIANA
The temperature in Chandigarh had touched 42°C by 2:30pm but the mercury is expected to go higher by the evening. Relief in the form of rain can be expected on Thursday.
Though different stations in Punjab and Haryana experienced the heat wave, Chandigarh has escaped it so far.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) director Surender Paul said western disturbances will be active in the region from May 28 and light rain up to 20mm along with gusty winds blowing at 40km/h can be expected everyday till May 30.
The maximum temperature had reached 43.1°C on Tuesday, the highest this year. However, it is likely to fall back into the 30s Thursday onwards.
The western disturbances will bring respite to Ludhiana residents, who can expect light to moderate rainfall on May 29 and 30, said met officials in Ludhiana.
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) head of the department of climate change and agricultural meteorology Dr Prabhjyot Kaur said the heat wave will continue for next 24 hours.
She also cautioned that high velocity winds, which will blow at the speed of 30-40pm per hours are expected to hit the region before the arrival of rain. The minimum temperature in the region was 25.4°C.
AMRITSAR TEMP TO DIP FROM MAY 29
The temperature continued to hover around 43°C for the second consecutive day in Amritsar. The minimum temperature in the district was 26°C.
However, on Thursday the maximum temperature will further dip to 35-30°C from May 29 to June 2.
JALANDHAR WEARS A DESERTED LOOK
At 42°C, Jalandhar recorded the highest temperature on Wednesday. Met department officials say the temperature in the district will vacillate between 42°C and 44°C in the coming week. People remained captive indoors despite relaxation in lockdown due to the sweltering heat.