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Weather forecast today HIGLIGHTS: Heat wave conditions to prevail over Telangana, Vidarbha; Cyclone Fani death toll mounts to 43

According to weather predictions, light rains accompanied with thunderstorm is likely over the weekend in Delhi, bringing respite to Delhiites from the searing temperatures that touched 43 degrees Celsius on Friday.

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A woman quenches her thirst. (Express Photo by Santosh Parab)

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said severe heat wave conditions are very likely to prevail over some parts of Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh and Telangana and in isolated pockets over East Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal.

According to weather predictions, light rains accompanied with thunderstorm is likely over the weekend in Delhi, which may bring some respite to Delhiites from the searing temperatures that touched 43 degrees Celsius on Friday.

Meanwhile, the death toll in Odisha due to Cyclone Fani mounted to 43 on Saturday. A number of people staged a road blockade and assaulted a state official in protest against water shortage and power cuts in the coastal belt ravaged by the severe storm a week ago. According to an official, two fresh deaths have been reported in Cuttack and Khurda districts of the state.

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Cyclone Fani: Death toll mounts to 43; people stage blockade

The death toll in Odisha due to Cyclone Fani mounted to 43 on Saturday, even as people staged a road blockade and assaulted a state official in protest against water shortage and power cuts in the coastal belt ravaged by the severe storm a week ago. According to an official, two fresh deaths have been reported in Cuttack and Khurda districts of the state.
While the state government claimed to have restored power and drinking water supplies in urban pockets of Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack districts, people Saturday blocked roads connecting Paradip and Cuttack, and the national highway linking Bhubaneswar with Puri, alleging lack of basic amenities. (PTI)

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Jammu records highest day and night temperature

Light rains Saturday provided respite to Jammu residents who were reeling under the scorching heat for the past week.

The meteorological department has forecast light rain or thundershowers at many places in Jammu and Kashmir over the next 24 hours.

Jammu, the winter capital of the state, had experienced the season's highest day and night temperature on May 9 with a high of 40.1 degrees Celsius and a low of 25.5 degrees Celsius, which was 3.3 notches and 2.5 notches above season's average, respectively.

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Rain likely in Delhi

Delhiites are likely to get some relief from the scorching heat on Saturday as the weatherman has forecast light rains. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average while the maximum is likely to settle at 40 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said.

Snow clearing operation underway at Manali-Leh road of Rohtang Pass

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A Lady takes an umbrella to save herself from the heat in New Delhi on Tuesday. EXPRESS PHOTO BY PRAVEEN KHANNA 23 04 2019.

Meanwhile, pre-monsoon records in Maharashtra show that rainfall deficiency over the state stood at 54 per cent at the end of April, it has now grown to 65 per cent, placing the state along with Gujarat (-69 per cent), Tamil Nadu (-69 per cent) and Mizoram (-76 per cent) under the ‘large deficient’ rainfall category as per India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Due to the current Western Disturbance and ongoing moisture incursion from the Arabian Sea, rainfall/thunderstorm activity is very likely over many parts of northwest India from today. Rainfall is also expected to increase over Northeast and peninsular India from today.

In Jammu and Kashmir, National Highway was reopened for traffic on Friday night after two days of closure due to landslides in Ramban district, leaving over 3000 vehicles stranded, officials said.

Rain was also observed at many isolated placed in the state. Snow-clearing operation is also underway at Manali-Leh road of Rohtang Pass by Border Roads Organisation (BRO).