Ludhiana, May 31: The continuous rise in mercury-level has reeled Punjab under oppressive heat wave.
The locals of Ludhiana District were seen consuming liquid diets to beat the blistering heat wave, which has stirred up the lifestyle with the temperature varying between 43 and 47 degrees Celsius.
Even the farmers continued to bear the brunt of high temperature, as the excessive heat wave is detrimental to many crops including cotton and vegetables.
“The heat wave has a negative impact on crops. Vegetables are quite sensitive to high temperatures. Cotton crop is the worst hit since sowing of the seed is done in May and the heat affects the germination process. Temperatures shot up in the month of May and that’s why such problems have popped up,” said K K Gill, Technical Officer, India Meteorological Department, Ludhiana.
Gill further said: “We are expecting that the onset of monsoon in Kerala will be around May 31, if the monsoons arrive in Kerala, then by June 30, monsoons will hit Punjab.” (ANI)