WITH THE maximum recorded temperature rising up to 40.6 degrees Celsius on Sunday, Chandigarh recorded the highest temperature of the year so far. At seven degrees above the normal temperature, the maximum temperature recorded on Sunday is also the highest temperature for April in the city in the last five years.
In April 2010, the city had witnessed a maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius, which has been the highest for April in the last 10 years. “Normally, in the month of April, the temperatures start rising and almost touch the 40 mark. For instance, in 2014, the maximum recorded temperature was 39.2 degrees Celsius. Considering the temperature has already gone up to 40 degrees so far this year, a further increase of about three to four degrees is likely by the end of the month,” said an official from the Chandigarh Meteorological Department.
Several regions in Central and Northwest India are already reeling under a heat wave. In districts of Punjab and Haryana, above normal temperatures were recorded on Sunday. In Ambala, Patiala and Hisar, the maximum recorded temperature was as high as 41.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday, whereas in Ludhiana, the maximum temperature was recorded at 41.4 degrees Celsius.
Due to intense heat conditions prevailing already, the weatherman has predicted a warmer summer this year, as above normal temperatures are likely to prevail till June.
The Chandigarh Meteorological Department has, however, predicted the possibility of light rainfall in the region over the next 36 hours, which is likely to bring down the maximum temperature by two to three degrees. “There is a possibility of light thundershowers, with a partly cloudy sky over the next two days. Due to this, the temperature will fall down to around 37 degrees Celsius, and after that, the temperature will remain stable for a few days before it gradually rises again,” officials stated. Monsoon is likely to hit the city by the month of July only, as per the prediction of the weatherman.