The intense heat wave that gripped parts of north India relented on Thursday with light and sporadic showers in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, while Rajasthan saw a slight dip in temperatures after the mercury neared the 50-degrees mark a day earlier.
Weather departments in these regions have forecast thunderstorm and light rains in the next 24 hours, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasting that heat wave prevailing over plains of northwest and central India will likely further abate from Friday. Cloudy weather and sporadic rain gave the national capital much-needed relief from heat wave.
Meanwhile, the IMD said that the southwest monsoon is likely to make an onset over Kerala on June 1. It said that conditions are becoming favourable for the advance of Southwest Monsoon into some parts of Maldives-Comorin area and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Andaman Sea and some more parts of south and central Bay of Bengal during the next 24 hours.
According to the IMD, the country is likely to receive normal monsoon this year.
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