WITH THE maximum recorded temperature rising up to 43.1 degrees Celsius (°C) on Wednesday, Chandigarh recorded the highest temperature of the year so far. The temperature was recorded five degrees above the normal temperature.
“Till now, we had not experienced a heat wave as the departure from normal temperature was not more than 4°C. Today with a departure of 5°C from the normal temperature in Chandigarh a strong heat wave was witnessed across the region. We had experienced 42.7°C earlier this month on May 2, while 43.1°C is the highest recorded temperature this season as of now,” said Surender Paul, Director Meteorological Department.
Residents across the region of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh experienced a heat wave. Hisar recorded highest temperature in the region at 46.8°C.
The Chandigarh Meteorological Department has also issued a warning about the continuation of the heat wave and the temperatures levels going up across the region in the days to come. “Over the next two days, the region of Punjab and Haryana will have a majorly dry weather with the heat wave to become severe in the next 48 hours with a rise in the temperatures beyond the levels recorded today,” said Surender Paul.
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While the heat wave has not been described as life-threatening as of now, by the Weather Department officials, residents have been advised to take due precautions especially over the next 48 hours by keeping themselves covered and hydrated. A possibility for light to moderate thundershowers across isolated pockets in the region has been forecast as well.