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Severe Heatwave Grips Northern, Central India; Temperature Crosses 50-Degree Mark

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New Delhi: Large parts of northern and central India are experiencing extreme heatwave conditions with temperatures soaring past 50 degrees Celsius in some regions.

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Temperature Records

  • Rajasthan’s Churu: 50.5°C
  • Haryana’s Sirsa-AWS: 50.3°C
  • Delhi’s Mungeshpur and Narela: 49.9°C
  • Delhi’s Najafgarh: 49.8°C

Delhi’s Heat

  • Three weather stations recorded temperatures of 49°C or more.
  • Mungeshpur and Narela’s 49.9°C is the highest in the capital this season.

Upcoming Relief

  • IMD predicts respite from May 30 with a fresh western disturbance expected to bring isolated rainfall.
  • Temperature drop observed in parts of south Rajasthan due to moist wind incursion from the Arabian Sea.

Widespread Heatwave Conditions

  • Severe heatwave affected most parts of Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and Himachal Pradesh.
  • Isolated pockets of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, and Chhattisgarh also experienced heatwaves.

Notable High Temperatures

  • Agra-Taj, Uttar Pradesh: 48.6°C
  • Dehri, Bihar: 47°C
  • Hamirpur, Uttar Pradesh: 48.2°C
  • Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh: 49°C
  • Narnaul, Haryana: 48.5°C
  • Ayanagar-Delhi: 47.6°C
  • New Delhi-Ridge: 47.5°C
  • Rewa, Madhya Pradesh: 48.2°C
  • Rohtak, Haryana: 48.1°C
  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: 47.2°C

Power and Water Strain

  • The heatwave is straining power grids and causing water shortages.
  • India’s power demand reached 239.96 gigawatts, with the potential to surpass the all-time high of 243.27 GW.
  • Water storage in 150 major reservoirs dropped to 24% capacity.
  • Jayakwadi dam in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region has only 5.19% of its capacity remaining.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) continues to monitor the situation and provide updates on potential relief from the ongoing heatwave.

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