Agricultural meteorologist KK Gill of the School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology said: “Records show that for the first time since June 1995, the daily temperature has remained above 40 degrees continuously for the first two weeks. In addition, the night temperature was also higher than normal on all days. In the years in between, the daytime temperatures were below 40 degrees on some days in the first two weeks.”
“Also, in the last 50 years, there haven’t been that many fewer rainy days between March and June 15th. This year, between March 1 and June 15, there were only two rainy days (where rainfall was recorded): May 23 and May 28,” she added.
As western disruptions hit Ludhiana on Thursday, there is a chance of rain afterwards. It will lower temperatures over the next few days, she said.
The weather service forecast for the next four days is: partly cloudy skies with one or two rain showers or thunderstorms on June 16 and 19; generally cloudy skies with one or two rain showers or thunderstorms on June 17th and 18th.
The department’s website forecasts that by June 19 the daytime temperature will drop to 34 degrees and the nighttime temperature to 26 degrees.
The maximum (daily) temperature on Wednesday was measured at 43.7 degrees Celsius, which was 6.4 degrees more than normal and 0.5 degrees more than a day earlier. The minimum (night) temperature was 31.1 degrees Celsius, which was 5.9 degrees more than normal and 0.8 degrees more than a day before.
The parched city waits for rain showers.
“We have never experienced such hot days in a row in June. It is exhausting. We hope it will rain and the city will cool down,” said Avtar Singh, a Pakhowal Road resident.