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No respite from heatwave; Chandigarh records 2nd highest in decade

Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana today reeled under scorching heat with the mercury hovering above the 45 degree Celsius level at most places, and Chandigarh recorded the second highest temperature in the month of June in
PTI June 08, 2014 20:46 IST
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Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana today reeled under scorching heat with the mercury hovering above the 45 degree Celsius level at most places, and Chandigarh recorded the second highest temperature in the month of June in a decade.

The mercury soared up to six notches above normal, with no respite in sight from the intense heatwave conditions.  Hisar in Haryana continued to be the hottest place in the region as it boiled at 46.6 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal, the MeT department said here.

Among other places in Haryana, Ambala settled at 45.2 degrees Celsius.  The Union Territory of Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 45 degrees, the second highest in the month of June in the past 10 years. Earlier in June 2012, the city recorded a maximum of 45.6 degrees.

In Punjab, Ludhiana had a maximum of 46.3 degrees, its second highest temperature in the month of June in a decade.  Ludhiana—the industrial hub of Punjab—had posted the decade's highest maximum at 46.6 degrees in June 2007.  However, Ludhiana's all time high had been 47.9 degrees, which was recorded in 1958.

Amritsar and Patiala sizzled at 45.8 and 46.1 degrees, respectively.

The MeT department, in its forecast, said dry weather conditions would prevail with the heatwave worsening in some parts of Punjab and Haryana in the coming days.