rajasthan: North India reels under intense heatwave; orange and red alerts issued in Delhi and Rajasthan | India News
Heatwave conditions prevailed in most parts of the national capital with the minimum temperature on Sunday settling at 25 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department said.
The relative humidity recorded at 8:30 am was 40 per cent, it said.
The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 45 degrees Celsius, it said.
IMD issues ‘orange’ alert for Delhi, warns mercury may soar to 46-47 degrees Celsius
The met department issued an ‘orange’ alert for Sunday as the maximum temperature at Safdarjung may rise further to 45 degrees Celsius. Parts of the capital may again see day temperature surpassing 47 degrees Celsius. The IMD has predicted heatwave to severe heatwave conditions for Sunday.
Safdarjung, the city’s base station, recorded 44.2 degrees Celsius, five degrees above normal, the highest of the season so far, even as three city stations — Mungeshpur, Najafgarh and Pitampura (46.4 degrees) — reported severe heatwave conditions. Neighbouring Gurgaon was among the hottest spots in the region with the maximum climbing to 46.8 degrees C on Saturday.
Weather forecasters predicted the heatwave spell to worsen on Sunday even as they issued an ‘orange’ alert to caution people. This is the fifth heatwave in the capital this summer.
Heat Wave to severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets very likely over Punjab & Haryana-Delhi on 14th & 15t… https://t.co/7I8WRA1dRd
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) 1652521193000
In Haryana, Gurugram was the hottest place, recording a high of 46.8 degrees Celsius, while Ambala, Hisar, Karnal, Rohtak, Narnaul, Bhiwani and Sirsa recorded their respective maximum temperatures of 44, 46, 43.2, 46.6, 45.5, 45.4 and 46.4 degrees Celsius.
Chandigarh, the common capital of Punjab and Haryana, registered mercury at 43.6 degrees Celsius, up by three degrees above normal.
In Punjab, Bathinda recorded its maximum at 46 degrees Celsius while Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Pathankot and Gurdaspur recorded their respective maximums of 45.6, 45, 44, 43.8 and 43.5 degrees Celsius.
Red alert issued for Rajasthan districts, records above 47 degrees in 23 cities
23 cities in Rajasthan recorded maximum temperature above 44 degrees Celsius on Saturday. Sriganganagar recorded 48.3 degrees Celsius followed by 48.2 degrees in Bikaner, 47.9 degrees in Karauli, 47.8 degrees in Sangaria, 47.5 degrees in Churu, 47.4 degrees each in Jaisalmer and Phalodi, 47.3 degrees each in Alwar and Pilani, 47 degrees in Nagaur, 46.9 degrees in Sawai Madhopur, 46.8 in Anta, 46.5 in Bundi. Jaipur recorded 45.6 degrees Celsius.
Heat wave warnings: Heat Wave conditions in most parts with severe heat wave conditions in many parts very likely… https://t.co/ZRBNeteDA2
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) 1652521191000
The department has forecast for severe heat wave condition (red alert) in Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Bikaner and Churu districts on Sunday. An orange alert for severe heat wave condition has been issued for Sunday for Jhunjhunu, Alwar, Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur, Bundi, Kota, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Nagaur districts.
Srinagar, Jammu record season’s hottest day at 43.5 degrees
Srinagar and Jammu recorded the season’s highest temperature so far Saturday at 31.3 and 43.5 degrees Celsius respectively.
Srinagar had 13.6, Pahalgam 7.4 and Gulmarg 11 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature on Sunday.
Drass in Ladakh region had 2.6, Leh 6.3 and Kargil 8.2 as the minimum temperature.
Jammu had 26.8, Katra 23.8, Batote 18.1, Banihal 12 and Bhaderwah 12.7 as the minimum temperature.
Heat Wave conditions in isolated pockets very likely over Jammu division, Vidarbha and Jharkhand on 14th & 15th Ma… https://t.co/KPOVRRFtY8
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) 1652521194000
Dust raising winds, at isolated places is very likely over north Rajasthan on Sunday, while dust storms or thunderstorms at isolated places likely over Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Monday, according to an IMD bulletin.
Even as north and west India reels under intense heatwave, large part of northeast India witnessed heavy rainfall on Saturday. The IMD has warned of similar activity till May 18.