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  • The maximum temperature on Friday was 27.8C
    and the minimum 24.0C.
  • Sunrise:  5:21
  • Sunset:  7:25
 
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Rain cools Punjab
Tribune New Service

Chandigarh, June 15
People in Punjab got relief from the scorching heat as large parts of the state were lashed with heavy pre-monsoon showers in the past 24 hours, resulting in a drop in mercury. Meanwhile, demand for power dropped by nearly 1,200MW.

Rain is always welcome during the paddy plantation season as. It softens the soil and increases the moisture content. The demand for power dropped from a high of 6,900 MW in the state to 5,700 MW this morning and stabilised at 6,000 MW this evening, PSEB officials explained.

The maximum temperature fell by 12C in Punjab. The met office has forecast moderate to rather heavy rain or thundershowers at many places in the state. The office attributed the sudden fall in the temperatures to the upper air cyclonic circulation over north Rajasthan and neighbourhood, which extends up to 1.5 km above the sea level. A fresh upper air cyclonic circulation also lay over central parts of Uttar Pradesh, extending up to 1.5 km above the sea level.

In Punjab, the temperatures dipped sharply following rain with Amritsar and Ludhiana recording 28C and 29.1.C 12 degrees below normal. Patiala registered 30.1C, which was 10 degrees below normal.

The mercury also hovered below normal in Chandigarh. And its adjoining areas in Punjab and Haryana. The city recorded 27.8C, 11 degrees below normal.

Ludhiana was lashed by 45 mm of rain until this evening, while Patiala received 25 mm, Hoshiarpur (24.1mm), Nangal Dam area (10mm) and Balachaur (11.4 mm) also received rain. Rain also lashed the catchment areas of the Bhakra Dam, the Pong Dam and Ranjit Sagar Dam located across the Sutlej, the Beas and the Ravi, respectively. Inflows had increased, sources in the BBMB said.


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