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Severe Heatwave Grips Northern India; IMD Issues Alert

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New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued warnings of severe heatwave conditions across northern India, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Chandigarh, as the region continues to battle scorching temperatures.

According to IMD forecasts released on Tuesday, “Heatwave to severe heatwave conditions are likely over many parts of Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi on 18th June 2024. Heatwave conditions are also expected over isolated places in Jammu division, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Bihar, and Jharkhand.”

In the national capital, New Delhi, temperatures soared to 34.8 degrees Celsius by 08:30 am on Tuesday. The mercury climbed even higher in certain areas, with Ayanagar recording a maximum of 46.4 degrees Celsius on Monday.

The IMD has raised a red alert for Delhi and its neighbouring states, cautioning that severe heatwave conditions are likely to persist until June 19. IMD scientist Soma Sen highlighted, “Western disturbance is expected over Bihar and Jharkhand from 18th or 19th June. South-westerly winds from the Arabian Sea may bring some moisture and associated relief over Punjab and Haryana during the same period.”

 

Even the typically cooler region of Himachal Pradesh is experiencing unusually high temperatures, prompting the IMD to issue an orange alert for some parts of the state. Hemraj Verma, a scientist at IMD Himachal Pradesh, noted, “Heatwave conditions have been observed in parts of the state over the past few days and are expected to continue. An orange alert has been issued for Mandi, Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, and Sirmaur districts.”

Tourists seeking respite from the heat in the hills have been met with unexpected conditions, as Shimla recorded its highest temperature of the season at 30.6 degrees Celsius on June 13.

Meanwhile, IMD’s forecasts also predict extremely heavy rainfall exceeding 20 cms over the next 3-5 days in Northeast India, specifically in Meghalaya, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Manipur. However, the heatwave conditions are expected to persist in North India, with red alerts issued for Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi, and an orange alert for Madhya Pradesh related to thunderstorms.

The IMD continues to monitor the weather closely and advises residents and travelers to take necessary precautions amid the prevailing extreme weather conditions.

 

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