As the scorching summer peaked across most of the country, people were desperately seeking respite from the unrelenting heat. The Meteorological Department offered a ray of hope by forecasting a temporary rise of two to three degrees Celsius in the maximum temperature in northwest India over the next two days.
While the northwestern region experienced this temperature fluctuation, the rest of the country was expected to see stable highs over the next five days, according to the Meteorology Department.
Heat wave conditions persisted
On May 22, heat wave conditions persisted in several areas, including southern Haryana, Delhi, parts of Uttar Pradesh, western Rajasthan, eastern Madhya Pradesh, and the Ganges coastal areas of West Bengal. The blistering temperatures tested the stamina of the locals, who sought shelter and took precautionary measures to combat the extreme heat.
Simultaneously, there was news about the progress of the southwest monsoon. The Met Department reported that the northern limit of the southwest monsoon had reached Nankowry. Favourable conditions for further monsoon advance developed in parts of the South Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea and Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the coming days.
With strong south-westerly winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal towards north-east India, heavy rain was forecast in parts of Assam and Meghalaya on May 22. Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal witnessed lightning and rain accompanied by strong winds. Thunderstorms were also expected over Vidarbha, Jharkhand, Sub-Himalayas of West Bengal and Sikkim, the Andhra Pradesh coast and isolated parts of Yanam, Telangana, Kerala and Mahe.
In different parts of Odisha, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, thunderstorms with strong winds are likely to occur. This changing weather pattern gave people a ray of hope in the midst of the scorching summer as they eagerly awaited cooler temperatures.
Temperature crosses 45 degrees
Temperature fluctuations and the possibility of respite from the heat offered temporary relief to the population. While some regions experienced heatwave conditions, others were drenched in rain, bringing a sense of balance to weather patterns across the country.
The maximum temperature in most of the North-West Indian Plains, Central India and the western, eastern and inner parts of the Indian Peninsula remained between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius, while the rest of the country registered temperatures 40 degrees Celsius or less.
Prayagraj in eastern Uttar Pradesh recorded a scorching high of 45.7 degrees Celsius, indicating heat wave intensity in certain areas. Meanwhile, Pantnagar in Uttarakhand experienced a low temperature of 18.5 degrees Celsius, providing a brief reprieve during the cooler hours of the day.
Showers and thunderstorms occurred in isolated locations in Assam and Meghalaya, Inner South Karnataka, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal Sub-Himalayas and Sikkim, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Tamil Nadu. Bangalore in southern inland Karnataka received 3 cm of rain while Udhagamandalam in Tamil Nadu witnessed 1 cm of rain.
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