With rains eluding the region for the past five days, sultry weather prevailed across Punjab and Haryana today, with mercury hovering close to the 40 degrees Celsius mark at many places.
Hisar (42 deg C), Bhiwani (41 deg C), Narnaul (42.5 deg C) were among the places in Haryana where the maximum temperature crossed the 40 deg C mark while Amritsar (39.6 deg C) was the hottest place in Punjab, the MeT office here said.
Ambala registered a maximum of 37.1 deg C.
High humidity levels prevailed in Chandigarh, where the maximum temperature settled at 36.5 deg C.
Ludhiana and Patiala in Punjab recorded above normal maximum of 38.6 deg C and 38.3 deg C, respectively.
The southwest monsoon hit the two states and Chandigarh on June 16.
The MeT has forecast light to moderate rains or thunder showers may occur at isolated places in the two states during the next two days.
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