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Alert! IMD Paints Northcentral India YELLOW as Heatwave Grips Delhi & Neighbouring States

In most parts of Central India, the temperature is expected to rise by 2-3 degrees Celsius over the next five days. Over the rest of the country, no notable changes in maximum temperatures are expected. Nonetheless, rain is expected to persist in NorthEast India on the 10th and 12th of May.

Binita Kumari
Alert! IMD Paints Northcentral India YELLOW as Heatwave Grips Delhi & Neighbouring States
Alert! IMD Paints Northcentral India YELLOW as Heatwave Grips Delhi & Neighbouring States

Weather Update: After widespread and isolated rains over different areas of the country the day before, several cities across India experienced relief from the heatwave. Meanwhile, on Sunday, Delhi was hit by a fresh heatwave, with temperatures hitting 45 degrees Celsius in six locations. The maximum temperature at Safdarjung Observatory, the city's base station, was 44.2 degrees Celsius, down from 43.9 degrees Celsius on Saturday and 42.9 degrees Celsius on Friday.

Mungeshpur recorded a temperature of 47.3 degrees, seven degrees above usual, making it the hottest spot in the capital

Highs of 46.6 degrees Celsius, 46.2 degrees Celsius, 46.3 degrees Celsius, 45.1 degrees Celsius, and 45.7 degrees Celsius were recorded at Sports Complex, Pitampura, Najafgarh, Jafarpur, and Ridge, respectively.

On Monday, the Met Office issued a "yellow" notice, warning of heatwave conditions in some parts of Delhi.

Temperature in northwest India to rise

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, temperatures in most parts of northwest India are predicted to rise by 3-4 degrees Celsius during the next three days. In most parts of Central India, the temperature is expected to rise by 2-3 degrees Celsius over the next five days. Over the rest of the country, no notable changes in maximum temperatures are expected. Nonetheless, rain is expected to persist in NorthEast India on the 10th and 12th of May.

Meanwhile, the cyclonic circulation that developed over South East Uttar Pradesh and the surrounding area at 1-5 km above mean sea level is still active. A trough that runs from Punjab to Manipur, passing through East Rajasthan, north Madhya Pradesh, north Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and south Assam, remains above 0.9 km above sea level.

Rainfall likely in these states

Over the next 5 days, the IMD predicts scattered light to moderate rainfall with thunderstorms or gusty winds over northeast India. During the following 3-4 days, the same is predicted to occur over Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Odisha. From the 6th to the 7th of May, strong winds were also seen in west Rajasthan and northeast Uttar Pradesh.

The Kerala monsoon, which arrived three days earlier than expected, is making slow progress in June when the rainy season generally begins. The rainfall deficit is over 50% compared to previous years' first few days of monsoon, according to the Thiruvananthapuram Met Department on Sunday.

Thiruvananthapuram also saw a high of 32 degrees, which is unusual for this early in the monsoon season. While the average rainfall was 6-8 cm in the first few days, the highest recorded rainfall of 5 cm was reported on Friday at Mancopmpu, Alappuzha district.

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