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Rain brings relief from scorching heat wave in Punjab, Haryana

It started raining on Tuesday midnight in Chandigarh after a storm left several areas without power. The weather office recorded 61.5 mm of rainfall on Wednesday morning.

punjab Updated: Jun 07, 2017 12:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Rain has been predicted till Saturday after which the heat wave is expected to return.(Keshav Singh/HT)

After days of scorching heat, residents of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh were in for a pleasant surprise when they woke up to a rainy Wednesday morning. The temperature came down 10 notches to a minimum of 27°Celsius.

Indian Meteorological Department, Chandigarh, director Surender Paul said the day temperature is expected to remain below normal in the region for the next three days due to the rain. “More rain is expected on Thursday as a weather disturbance cycle has reached the city,” he said.

“The maximum will hover around 35°C but the humidity level will be higher,” he said.

It started raining on Tuesday midnight in Chandigarh after a storm left several areas without power. The weather office recorded 61.5 mm of rainfall on Wednesday morning.

HARYANA FARMERS START TRANSPLANTING PADDY

Pre-monsoon showers were reported in all districts of Haryana on Wednesday morning. The rain brought cheer for farmers, who have readied their fields for transplanting paddy. More rain is forecast on Thursday.

The rain, however, showed the lack of monsoon preparedness with waterlogging reported from different areas in Kurukshetra, Karnal and Yamunanagar.

HEAT WAVE WILL BE BACK NEXT WEEK

Rain has been predicted till Saturday after which the heat wave is expected to return.

The minimum temperature in Chandigarh hit an all-time high on Monday night at 33.6°C, nine degrees above normal. The highest minimum temperature before this was 32.8°C on June 21, 2010. In 2003 and 1986, the highest minimum temperature was 32°C.

The weather office started maintaining its own records in 2010. Before that, the data was compiled by the Chandigarh airport. Data is available from 1982.

On Sunday, the maximum temperature was the highest in five years at 45°C. The highest maximum temperature was recorded in 1995, 2001 and 2012 at 45.6°C.

First Published: Jun 07, 2017 12:26 IST