India’s Meteorological Department issued an orange alert for three states, West Bengal, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, warning of dangerously high temperatures.
The IMD had forecast heat wave conditions in certain parts of Sikkim, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. It looks like this summer could be tougher than usual for India.
However, relief may come to some regions when a western disturbance brings thunderstorms to Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab on Tuesday, according to the forecast by the India Meteorological Department.
The IMD has issued a warning in its latest bulletin stating that several states in northern India will face heatwave conditions for the next few days
Heatwave warning for northern India continues
As per the forecast of the India Meteorological Department, West Bengal and Bihar will face heatwave conditions for the next four days. Sikkim, Odisha and Jharkhand are also expected to experience scorching heat for the next two to three days, while western Uttar Pradesh may face similar conditions today, and eastern parts may experience heatwave conditions until Wednesday.
The IMD warned of a heat wave in northern Andhra Pradesh and its southern coastal regions for three days from Monday to Wednesday, with targeted districts including Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Anakapalle, Kakinada, Konaseema, Krishna, NTR, Bapatla, Gunturu and Palnadu be at high risk.
Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi may experience isolated or scattered showers until April 20, according to the IMD forecast. Relief from high temperatures in the northwestern plains of India may come from a western disturbance that is active in the western Himalayan region.
Heat wave in northern India
For the past three days, Delhi has been experiencing high temperatures with some weather stations recording temperatures at least five degrees Celsius above normal. On Monday, the Safdarjung Observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius, four degrees higher than normal.
Most of Punjab and Haryana also experienced scorching heat with a maximum temperature of over 40 degrees Celsius. Hisar in Haryana recorded a high of 41.5 degrees Celsius while Bathinda in Punjab recorded 41.6 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recorded a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius.
In Rajasthan, Churu was the hottest on Monday at 42.2 degrees Celsius, while Banswara recorded 42.1 degrees Celsius, Karauli 41.4 degrees Celsius, Alwar 41.9 degrees Celsius, Kota 41.2 degrees Celsius and Pilani 41. .5 degrees Celsius. One in Himachal Pradesh recorded the highest temperature of 41 degrees Celsius, six degrees above normal.
The threshold for a heat wave is reached when the maximum temperature of a season reaches at least 40 degrees Celsius in the plains, at least 37 degrees Celsius in coastal areas and at least 30 degrees Celsius in mountainous regions, and the deviation from normal is at least 4.5 degrees.
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