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High-velocity squall hits life

Chandigarh, June 14
An 85 km per hour velocity squall, accompanied by sharp rain, disrupted life in the city and several parts of Haryana and Punjab shortly before noon today. However, the squall and rain brought respite to people from the oppressive and sultry weather conditions.

The maximum in and around Chandigarh plummeted by eight degrees to 27įC.

Ambala recorded 4 mm of rainfall, accompanied by thunder squall.

It was dark at noon under heavily overcast sky and torrential rain, forcing traffic to move at a snailís pace with headlights on. Electricity supply in most parts of the city was hit by fallen branches.

People, in and around Jalandhar, experienced fierce winds following heavy rain which disrupted power supply and affected life. Traffic was also disrupted throughout the city as the low-lying areas were inundated.

Weathermen here attributed the squall to a trough, extending up to eastern Uttar Pradesh from an upper air cyclonic circulation persisting at 1.5 km above sea level over north Rajasthan and central Pakistan. UNI
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