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Heavy rainfall brings down mercury in region

Chandigarh, August 24
Breaking long dry spell, many parts of Punjab were today lashed by rains, with Ludhiana turning out to be the wettest place in the region.
Ludhiana received 33 mm of rain and the maximum temperature there plummeted to 32.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees below the normal range, the Meteorological Department said here.

Many other towns of Punjab, which has received very less rain during the monsoons so far, also received rains.

Patiala received a heavy downpour at 28 mm and the maximum was recorded at 34.7 degrees Celsius. Ropar, Khanna, Mohali and Balachaur also received rain. Amritsar, however, remained dry and the maximum there was recorded at 36 degrees Celsius.

Chandigarh residents also got respite from sultry conditions after being lashed by 5 mm of rain during the day. The mercury dropped a degree below the normal at 33.2 degrees Celsius.

Ambala, Panchkula and Kalka in Haryana also received rains.

The maximum at Ambala touched 34.9, Karnal 34 and Hisar 37 degrees Celsius. Delhi recorded a high of 35.3 degrees Celsius.

Shimla had a cold day recording a high of 22.1 degree Celsius after being lashed by rains since yesterday. Sundernagar, Nadaun, Sujanpur Thira and Nagrota Surien were among other places in HP to be lashed by rains.

Meanwhile, the MET has issued a heavy rain warning for isolated places in HP, north and north-east Punjab and north-east Haryana over the next two days. Moderate to rather heavy rain or thundershowers will occur at many places in HP and Punjab and at a few places in Haryana till Saturday, according to the weather forecast. PTI




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