Heat is on in Chandigarh: Mercury breaches 40°C
With clouds clearing and the city showered with abundant sunlight, the day temperature rose four notches above normal and two above the previous day’s 38°C. Meanwhile, minimum temperature too jumped from 18.2°C to 21.1°C.punjab Updated: Apr 26, 2018 12:46 IST
Mercury touched 40°C on Wednesday, making it the hottest day of the year so far. The highest temperature recorded in April last year was 41.6°C, on the 21st.
With clouds clearing and the city showered with abundant sunlight, the day temperature rose four notches above normal and two above the previous day’s 38°C. Meanwhile, minimum temperature too jumped from 18.2°C to 21.1°C.
The hot day was coupled with low humidity, which oscillated between 12% and 47%. This has been the lowest this month, leaving the residents high and dry.
However, with the Indian Meteorological Department putting out a warning of thunderstorm — accompanied by gusty winds and light rainfall — for three days, starting Thursday, there might be some respite on the cards.
“If the thunderstorm hits the city in the afternoon or evening, the day will remain as hot as on Wednesday,” said the weatherman. “After that, some drop in temperature can be expected till Saturday.”
In fact, the IMD has predicted one degree drop in maximum temperature each day till Saturday.
“There is 50% chance that thunderstorm might not even happen. There will be isolated rainfall but it won’t affect the weather,” the official said.
However, the mercury is not expected to rise further this month, which will change as soon as May starts.