Weather Forecast Today, May 24: With temperatures exceeding 45 degrees Celsius-mark across parts in north India, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Sunday issued a “red” warning for Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and Rajasthan for the next two days.
The IMD has also issued an orange warning for heatwave for east Uttar Pradesh, Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of IMD’s Regional Meteorological Centre, told the PTI. He warned that temperatures could hit 47 degrees Celsius in some parts over the next two-three days. This is also for the first time this summer that a red warning has been issued for heatwave, Srivastava said.
A heatwave is considered if the maximum temperature of a station reaches at least 40°C or more for plains, 37°C or more for coastal stations and at least 30°C or more for hilly regions, according to the IMD. For the plains, a heatwave is declared when the actual maximum temperature is 45 degrees Celsius and severe heatwave when it is 47 degrees Celsius or above.
Nagpur Sonegaon (Vidarbha region) recorded the highest temperature of 46 degrees Celsius on Sunday. Apart from this, places in Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, East Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh saw more than 3 degrees Celsius rise in temperature. Certain parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal, isolated places in Assam, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, North Karnataka and Kerala too saw a rise in mercury.
Isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya are likely to experience heavy rainfall within the next five days, as per predictions by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal will also see heavy showers, the weather agency said on Sunday.
Delhi witnessed the hottest day of the season on Saturday, with the mercury crossing the 46 degree Celcius mark.
Heatwave conditions are also likely in isolated pockets over Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat, Madhya Maharashtra, Marathawada, Coastal Andhra Pradesh & Yanam, Rayalseema and North Interior Karnataka during next 3-4 days, the IMD said in its bulletin.
On Saturday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked for more time to restore electricity in parts of the state where electricity and telephone lines were destroyed when Cyclone Amphan tore through West Bengal and Odisha earlier this week. Hundreds of residents across Kolkata took to the streets to protest against the government’s response to the devastation caused by the cyclone. At least 86 people died after the cyclone made landfall on Wednesday.
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