Rainfall lowers mercury in Punjab, Haryana

February 11th, 2009 - 1:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Feb 11 (IANS) Moderate to heavy rainfall in various parts of Punjab, Haryana and the union territory of Chandigarh overnight resulted in a fall in temperatures in the region by two-three degrees Celsius, the weatherman said here Wednesday.”Most regions of Punjab and Haryana experienced rain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Drizzle is on in some areas but it will get subdued by the end of the day,” Chatar Singh Malik, director of the Chandigarh meteorological office, told IANS.

“So far in 2009, in the months of January and February, we have had less rainfall if we compare it with other years. Rainfall during this period is necessary for better germination of wheat and vegetables but we did not have enough rain due to poor western disturbances,” he added.

The minimum temperature in Chandigarh was recorded at 10.2 degrees Celsius and 7.2 degrees Celsius in Amritsar Wednesday morning.

Malik said that the skies would remain cloudy and there would be a further dip in night temperatures by two-three degrees Celsius in the coming days.

The met department has predicted heavy showers in the region Feb 13-15. They have also forecast the possibility of hailstorms and thunderstorms in the region.

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