After thunder storms and rainfall bringing down the mercury levels in the city, residents are experiencing a rise in temperatures.
As the maximum temperature on Wednesday was 37.8 degrees Celsius, the temperature has increased by 5.3 degrees Celsius in 24 hours.
The lowest temperature was recorded as 23.4 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. The meteorological department has predicted the possibility of a further increase in temperature leading to heat wave conditions in the next two days.
“The temperature will be majorly dry in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana over the next two days where a heat wave can be experienced in different regions. After experiencing temperatures as low as 32.5 degrees Celsius, the temperature may shoot up to 40 degrees Celsius in the coming days. However, respite in the form of light rains accompanied by strong winds and thunder storms with a wind speed exceeding 45km per hour will be experienced on May 28 and 29 and are likely to continue till the beginning of June,” Surender Paul, director, meteorological department told the Chandigarh Newsline.
Talking about the sporadic weather pattern of rainfall interspersed with high temperatures and heat wave experienced in the last week, Paul said: “These weather conditions can be attributed to the western disturbances that have been witnessed across different parts of the country. The rainfall experienced till now has been between trace and moderate.”
He also claimed that the pattern is likely to continue till the first week of June.
Claiming that the trace rainfall pattern has nothing to do with the onset of
monsoon in the region, Paul added: “The exact onset of monsoon in the northern parts of India can only be calculated once it hits the coast of Kerala. We generally receive monsoon a few days after it arrives in Kerala. Since this year, the monsoon is expected to arrive at the coast a week late around June 7, the arrival of monsoon in Punjab and Haryana will depend accordingly.”