The scorching heat broke the record of the past 10 years. The day temperature in the city today was recorded as 45.1 degrees Celsius,six degrees above normal. Such a high temperature has not been experienced in the past 10 years in the month of May in the city.
There was no relief for the residents at night too,with the minimum temperature recorded as 27.6 degrees,three degrees above normal. Met officials have predicted that the heat wave will continue in the coming days.
Last year the highest temperature in May was recorded as 41.3 degrees Celsius. In the year 2010 the highest temperature in the city in May was 44 degrees Celsius. It was 42 degrees in 2009,42.6 in 2008 and 40.6 in 2007.
The highest ever temperature recorded in the month of May was in 1988,when the temperature touched 46.5 degrees.
Met Director Surinder Paul said that the rise in temperature is due to the change in wind patterns. The temperature is expected to hover around this but not rise further.
The rising temperature has increased the water and power woes in the city. With demand having increased, residents are ruing about the shortage of these amenities. The scorching heat also made it difficult for the residents to move out.
Meanwhile,the heat wave is being experienced in the entire region. Amritsar was scorching at 47.6 degrees Celsius and the temperature at Hisar was 46.7 degrees. Patiala and Ludhiana were not too far behind with maximum temperatures being recorded as 46.2 and 46.3 degrees respectively. Thunderstorm and light rain are expected at some places in Punjab and Haryana in the next 48 hours.