Chandigarh, May 18
Just when the heat wave seemed to be at its zenith, with people preferring to remain indoors, came a drizzle, a dust storm and plenty of clouds this afternoon to lower the temperature marginally in some parts of the city and neighbouring areas of Punjab and Haryana. Light showers brought down the day temperature slightly by 0.8 degree Celsius to 40.2 degree Celsius.

The minimum temperature, on the other hand, rose by 1.9 degree Celsius and settled at 29.4 degree Celsius, 9 degrees above normal. The relative maximum and minimum humidity was pegged at 46 per cent and 27 per cent, respectively.

For the past many days, there was no relief from the hot and humid weather all over the region.

Power cuts and erratic water supply had made the lives of the people all the more miserable in some areas.

The pleasant evening prompted residents to rush out of their homes to enjoy the weather, that was short-lived, to their dismay. The hot conditions in May were characterised by above-normal temperatures over the region and the highest temperature was recorded at 42 degree Celsius on May 16.

Experts said the high temperatures were an indication of a good monsoon this year. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the monsoon was likely to be normal this year.

According to the Met office, this afternoon’s mild showers were the result of a disturbance over western Rajasthan and adjoining areas. The Met office predicted that the western disturbance would affect the western Himalayan region during next two or three days and might also affect the plains of north-west India during the next 24 hours.

Hailstorms and thunder squalls could occur at isolated places over the city, Punjab and Haryana. The weatherman predicted a partly cloudy sky, with the possibility of rain and thundershowers, accompanied by squall, in the next 24 hours.

The maximum and minimum temperatures would hover around 40 degree Celsius and 27 degree Celsius, respectively, the Met Department said.

Source: Tribune News Service