Chandigarh, May 11
Yesterday’s duststorm followed by traces of rain late in the evening failed to provide any respite from the hot weather to city residents.

The maximum temperature recorded yesterday was 38.5 degrees Celsius, a marginal dip of 0.4 degrees, with the minimum rising further by 2.1 degrees to touch 24.6 degrees. The maximum temperature recorded today was 38.1 degrees C while the minimum was 26.7 degrees.

However, the high velocity winds accompanied by a few drops of rain uprooted many trees, damaging electricity and telephone wires in various localities in the city and its periphery. The branches fell on overhead cables and disrupted power supply for hours.

Power lines were also damaged in rural areas. It took over four hours for the electricity field staff to restore the supply.

Traffic on the roads was disrupted for almost an hour with two-wheeler-riders having to take refuge under trees and sheds.

According to a met official, the temperature in the city would remain around the 40 degrees C mark for a couple of days. “'We expect a further rise in day and night temperatures in the coming 48 hours,” he said. The Met has forecast days will be mainly sunny and temperatures in the region likely to go up further by 2 to 3 degrees C during the next 48 hours.

Source: Tribune News Service