IMD: Red alerts for heatwave in north, heavy rain in south

A persistent heatwave has engulfed northern India, with temperatures soaring to unprecedented levels across several states. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi are expected to experience heatwave to severe heatwave conditions until May 23. Meanwhile, Rajasthan will face similar conditions for the next three days, and Uttar Pradesh until May 21. The scorching temperatures have also been forecasted for Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh until May 23, Uttarakhand until May 22, Bihar, and West Bengal on May 20, Jharkhand until May 21, and Odisha until May 23.

| Updated: 20 May, 2024 1:06 pm IST

NEW DELHI:A persistent heatwave has engulfed northern India, with temperatures soaring to unprecedented levels across several states. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi are expected to experience heatwave to severe heatwave conditions until May 23. Meanwhile, Rajasthan will face similar conditions for the next three days, and Uttar Pradesh until May 21. The scorching temperatures have also been forecasted for Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh until May 23, Uttarakhand until May 22, Bihar, and West Bengal on May 20, Jharkhand until May 21, and Odisha until May 23.

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Despite the sweltering heat, strong surface winds of 25 to 35 kmph are expected to prevail over Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, and Rajasthan until May 24. However, relief from the heatwave seems distant as the IMD predicts a continuous rise in temperatures over the coming week.

Southern regions of India are not spared from extreme weather conditions either. The IMD forecasts very heavy showers on May 23 for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Kerala, with Karnataka experiencing heavy rainfall until May 22. Thunderstorms with light to moderate showers accompanied by lightning and gusty winds are expected for West Bengal and Sikkim until May 24.

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In the northeastern states, widespread light to moderate rainfall, along with thunderstorms and gusty winds, is anticipated over the next five days. Isolated heavy rainfall is predicted for Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya during specific periods.

Amidst this heatwave, the national capital, Delhi, recorded its highest temperature at 47.8 degrees Celsius in Najafgarh on Sunday. Several other areas in Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh also witnessed temperatures surpassing the 45-degree mark. The IMD has issued red alerts for Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi, Gujarat, and western Uttar Pradesh, and yellow alerts for the rest of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar.

The intense heatwave has prompted authorities to issue advisories urging citizens to take precautions. People are advised to stay hydrated, wear light-colored clothing, avoid outdoor activities during peak hours, and keep their homes cool. With the heatwave expected to persist for the next week, it is crucial for everyone to take necessary precautions to safeguard themselves from heat-related illnesses

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