Chandigarh: The holy city of Amritsar on Thursday recorded its highest temperature in over three decades with the mercury hitting a high of 48 degrees Celsius as severe heat wave conditions prevailed over Punjab and Haryana.

The temperature in Amritsar stood at a whopping nine degrees Celsius above what is the average for this time of the season, Met department officials said. As per the data available with the local administration in Amritsar, the highest recorded temperature in the city was 47.7 degrees Celsius on May 21, 1978.

People in the city, 250 km from Chandigarh and adjoining areas preferred to stay indoors with the searing heat wave sweeping the plains of Punjab. The weather office at Chandigarh said that wave continued unabated across Punjab and Haryana on Thursday with most places showing highs of 44 to 48 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded highs of 46.5 and 45.9 degrees Celsius respectively, while at most places in the state, the temperatures went up to eight degrees above the season's average.

In neighbouring Haryana, Hisar again recorded a high of 47.3 degrees Celsius, followed by Bhiwani and Narnaul at 46 degrees each.

Chandigarh airport touched a high of 44.6 degrees. The city saw a high of 43.8 degrees. Met officials said there was no likelihood of any abatement of the severe heat wave conditions soon.


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