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Met issues red alert over heatwave in Chandigarh

Met issues red alert over heatwave in Chandigarh

Girls cover themselves with chunnis to protect themselves from the scorching sun in Zirakpur on Monday. RAVI KUMAR



Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 20

Despite a slight decrease in the maximum temperature, the UT Meteorological Department has issued a red alert as heatwave gripped the city. The department has predicted a severe heatwave from May 20 to 24.

The city recorded a maximum temperature of 42.7°C, which was 3.8 notches above normal. According to the department, there was a fall of -0.2°C in the average maximum temperature as compared to yesterday. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 28.5°C, which was 3.4 notches above normal.

As per the Met Department’s forecast, the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 44°C to 45°C in the next five days.

The city recorded the hottest day ever in May as the maximum temperature touched 44.5°C on May 17. It was the third highest maximum temperature ever recorded and highest for this month. The second highest maximum temperature for this month was recorded at 44.4°C on May 15, 1970, third highest (44.3°C) on May 26, 1969, and fourth highest (44.2°C) on May 18, 1970. The highest ever maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 45.1°C on June 1, 2012, and the second highest at 45°C on June 5, 2017.

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