Chandigarh sees coldest Aug day in 3 years

Rain brings down max temp by 4 degrees | More showers likely for five days

Chandigarh sees coldest Aug day in 3 years

Vehicles move through a waterlogged road in the Industrial Area, Phase I, Chandigarh, during rain on Saturday.

Sandeep Rana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 21

Widespread rain today resulted in the city seeing the coldest August day in three years. The maximum temperature in the city today dropped to 26.2°C, lowest this month, from 30.6°C yesterday. Last year, the lowest maximum temperature in August was 29°C. Even in 2019, the lowest maximum temperature of the month was 28°C.

Total rainfall in August so far - 127.1 mm

However, it was 25.4°C in 2018, slightly less than today’s maximum temperature, which is seven degrees below normal.

“It rained through the day. Since the sun did not appear, the temperature has come down significantly,” said Shivinder Singh, a scientist at the Chandigarh Meteorological Department.

The city recorded 20.8-mm rainfall from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Thereafter, 1.2 mm of rainfall was reported till the filing of the report late in the evening. So far, only 127.1 mm of rainfall has been recorded in the city this month. It is not even half of what has been reported each year in the past four years.

For the next five days, the city is likely to see more rain. “Showers are likely in the next 48 hours. Later, the city will see scattered rain for three days. The city today witnessed a widespread rain after a gap of many days. Earlier, scattered rain was reported here. This is the reason for the total precipitation in the month still being on the lower side,” added the Met official.

The minimum temperature recorded in the city today was 25.2°C, which is two degrees above normal.

According to the Met Department, both minimum and maximum temperatures are expected to rise again during the next three days. The maximum temperature is expected to hover from 30°C-32°C and the minimum 26°C-27°C.

Meanwhile, showers today led to waterlogging at several places in the UT. Some motorists were seen stuck in the stagnant water at some of the main junctions in the city. Waterlogging was witnessed in colonies and villages. 

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