Weather forecast and Temperature today LIVE Updates: The intense heatwave sweeping northern India is likely to persist, with the mercury hovering around 47 degrees Celsius in many parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh Wednesday even as there were light rains at isolated places in the region. The highest temperature of 47.9°C was recorded at Nowgong, Madhya Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the onset of monsoon, delayed by a week, is now expected to arrive by June 8. The normal onset date for monsoon over Kerala is June 1 which also marks the official commencement of the four-month-long rainfall season.
In Delhi, the weatherman predicted a partly cloudy sky Thursday. There is also a possibility of a thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and winds gusting up to 40 kilometres per hour.
As heatwave grips parts of North India, the IMD has forecast rains and thunderstorm in Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, the onset of monsoon is now expected to arrive only by June 8. Follow LIVE updates here
Himachal Pradesh: Rains bring respite from heat
Rains over the last 24 hours in isolated places in Himachal Pradesh brought respite from heatwave conditions, bringing the mercury down by 3 to 7 notches, the Shimla Meteorological Centre said Thursday.
The maximum temperature in Kangra was 37.1 degrees Celsius, followed by 37 in Bilaspur, 36.7 in Hamirpur, 36.6 in Chamba, 35.5 in Sundernagar and 34.8 in Mandi.
Shimla, the hill state's capital, recorded a maximum temperature of 24.5 degrees Celsius. (PTI)
In Uttar Pradesh, Jhansi hottest at 47.4 degree Celcius
The weather remained dry in most parts of Uttar Pradesh Thursday, with Jhansi being the hottest place in the state at a high of 47.4 degrees Celsius, news agency PTI reported.
Meanwhile, the state capital Lucknow recorded a maximum of 41.6 degrees Celsius, two degrees above the normal.
According to IMD, the weather is most likely to remain dry in the western part of the state tomorrow as well.
At 46.9 degrees Celsius, Kota hottest in Rajasthan
Heat wave conditions prevailed in most parts of Rajasthan on Thursday, with Kota being recorded as the hottest place in the state at 46.9 degrees Celsius, a MeT Department official said.
Churu recorded a maximum temperature of 46.5 degrees Celsius, followed by Barmer 45.3 degrees Celsius, Bikaner 45.2 degrees Celsius, Jaipur 45 degrees Celsius, 44.7 degrees Celsius each in Ajmer and Sriganganagar, 44.6 degrees Celsius each in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, and 44 degrees Celsius in Dabok, news agency PTI reported.
Heat wave returns to Delhi
Heatwave conditions returned to the national capital on Thursday with the mercury in some parts of the city touching the 45-degrees Celsius mark. Delhi reeled under a heat wave in the last week of May, though maximum temperatures declined slightly due to the easterly and southeasterly winds in northwest India from June 1.
On Thursday, the Safdarjung Observatory recorded a high of 43.9 degrees Celsius and a low of 28.6 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 19 and 66 per cent. (PTI)
Monsoon likely to set in over Kerala in next 48 hours
The east west shear zone now runs roughly along Lat. 8°N between 3.1 & 3.6 km above mean sea level across Lakshadweep Maldives Comorin area. It is very likely to shift northwards gradually. In addition, an off shore trough is very likely to develop around 8th June, off Maharashtra coast to Kerala coast. In association with these favourable conditions, Southwest Monsoon is very likely to set in over Kerala during the next 48 hours.
A low-pressure area is very likely to form over the southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea off Kerala Karnataka coast around 9th June. It is likely to move north northwestwards and intensify gradually.
Delhi's 'bad air' days down by 33 per cent: Prakash Javadekar
Air quality in Delhi-NCR has improved and the number of days with "bad" air quality has come down by 33 per cent, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Thursday. Speaking at an event to mark World Environment Day, which was on June 5, the minister said the situation "is not as bad" as being portrayed in the media.
"Media reports are always creating a picture that lakhs of people are dying of air pollution but it is not as bad. Yes pollution is there but efforts are on," Javadekar said.
Monsoon may take longer to reach Delhi: IMD
The arrival of the monsoon in the national capital is likely to be delayed by two-three days, though the city is expected to receive normal rainfall, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Thursday.
However, Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said the monsoon may take at least a week longer to reach the city. Read more here
Thunderstorm, dust storm likely in Delhi on Thursday
The mercury came down by a notch in the national capital on Thursday, bringing some relief from the sweltering heat, with the weatherman forecasting rain, thunderstorm or dust storm later in the day. The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 41 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature recorded on Thursday was 28.6 degrees Celsius. On Wednesday, the city saw a low of 29.8 degrees Celsius, the Meteorological Department said. The weatherman has forecast partly cloudy sky with the possibility of rain, thunderstorm or dust storm. (PTI)
Heat wave conditions prevail in Jammu
Heat wave conditions prevailed in Jammu on Wednesday, with the city recording a high of 42.4 degrees Celsius, 2.7 notches above average Wednesday. The weather office has forecast light rains and gusty winds with a speed of 30-40 kilometers per hour for Thursday.
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Rain, thunderstorm likely in parts of North India
Thunderstorm/dust storm accompanied with gusty winds (30-40 kmph) at isolated places very likely over Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Punjab and West Uttar Pradesh, said the IMD forecast.