North India in the grip of extreme heat wave
New Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) North India was in the grip of an intense heat wave with maximum temperatures in some areas settling several notches above normal. The capital Delhi recorded a maximum of 43.2 degrees celsius, four degrees above normal and a minimum of 29.7 degrees. Punjab and Haryana registered temperatures upto seven notches above normal at a few places. Amritsar recorded the maximum of 45.1 degrees celsius in the state. While Hisar sizzled at 44 degrees celsius, four notches above normal, the maximum temperature at Ludhiana was 43.5 degrees celsius, four notches above normal. Among other places, Patiala braved a high of 42.8 degrees celsius, up by six notches followed by 42.7 degrees celsius at Narnaul, two notches above normal, 42 degrees celsius each at Ambala and Karnal, five notches each above normal. While the maximum settled at 42.6 degrees celsius at Bhiwani, Ambala had a high of 42 degrees celsius, up by five notches. Chandigarh had a high of 41.9 degrees celsius, five notches above normal. The Met office forecast no relief from intense heat conditions with the region mainly remaining dry in the next two days. Meanwhile, the water level in the dams in the two states was decreasing due to slow and late melting of snow in the catchments areas. The snow on the high peaks was not melting at a pace as it was expected in this period of summer, officials said here. Due to the decreasing inflow of water in the dams, the water level has been decreasing day by day.