Heatwave in India: No relief! Dry, hot summer to continue in Delhi-NCR; Max temperature to touch 43°C today
Heatwave in India: Delhi and adjoining areas of Noida, Gurugram and Faridabad continues to reel under severe heat wave condition for almost a week now. Meteorologists have already issued orange alert for Delhi for today as well as next 24 hours.
"Due to easterly winds at lower levels over northern parts of the country, the severity of the heatwave is very likely to decrease over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and Uttar Pradesh from Sunday onwards," IMD said. Severe heatwave conditions are likely to persist over Madhya Pradesh and west Rajasthan on Monday, the IMD said with a red-coded colour warning for these two states.
The IMD has four colour codes to indicate the severity weather systems - red for extremely severe weather conditions, followed by amber, yellow and then green which denotes normalcy.
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Large parts of the country witnessed severe heatwave over the last week with temperatures even reaching 50 degrees Celsius in Rajasthan. If the maximum temperature of a weather station in the plains crosses 45 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days, it is termed heatwave. And it the temperature breaches 47 degrees Celsius for two days, it is termed severe heatwave. If the temperature rises between 4.5-6.4 degrees Celsius above the normal, it is also termed heatwave. If it goes beyond that, it is classified as severe heatwave.
Severe heatwave predicted in Vidarbha on June 5, 6
Some parts of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra experienced a heatwave in the last 24 hours while there was rain in isolated places, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Sunday. There could be a severe heatwave in some parts of Vidarbha on Wednesday and Thursday, while both Vidarbha and Marathwada (central Maharashtra) regions will experience a heatwave Monday, it said. Wardha in Vidarbha recorded the maximum temperature in the state at 45.5 degree Celsius Sunday. It also predicted possibility of rainfall in few places in Goa and Maharashtra on June 6.
Churu in Rajasthan sizzles at 48.9 degrees Celsius - hottest area in the country
Intense heat continued to paralyse normal life in Rajasthan where a farmer died of sunstroke, as Churu remained the hottest place after recording a maximum of 48.9 degrees Celsius. Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Kota and Barmer in the state recorded a high of 48.6 degrees, 48.1 degrees, 47.8 degrees, 47.5 degrees and 47.2 degrees Celsius, respectively, the MeT department said. Jodhpur, Jaipur and Ajmer registered maximum temperature of 46.4 degrees, 45.5 degrees and 45.2 degrees Celsius, respectively, it said. The weatherman said severe heat wave conditions prevailed at isolated places in western Rajasthan. The MeT has predicted no respite from the severe heat conditions in the desert state in the next 24 hours.
Heatwave persists in Punjab, Haryana
There was no respite from heatwave conditions in Punjab and Haryana on Sunday, with Bhiwani recording a maximum of 45.6 degrees Celsius. Another Haryana district, Hisar, sizzled at a high of 45 degrees Celsius, up three notches against the normal limits. According to the weather department, heatwave conditions would remain in the two states until Monday. However, as per the MeT forecast, there may be some relief from the ongoing heatwave Tuesday onwards. Dust storm/thunder storm accompanied with gusty winds and lightning is likely at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab on June 4,5 and 6.
(With inputs from PTI)
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