The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heat wave to severe heat wave conditions over the plains of the Northwest, Central and adjoining Peninsular India for the next five days and intense rainfall activity over Northeast between May 25 and May 27.
Issuing an orange alert for Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, and Rajasthan from Sunday, the weather office today said dry northwesterly winds prevailing over Northwest and Central India since the past two days are expected to continue to prevail over the next four to five days.
Under its influence, heat wave to severe heat wave conditions are expected over plains of Northwest and adjoining Central India. Rainfall activity has significantly reduced over south Peninsular India, giving rise to development of heat wave conditions over parts as well.
Meanwhile, under the influence of converging strong southwesterly winds from the Bay of Bengal, Northeast will experience heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls between May 25 and 27.
Heat wave conditions have been observed over West Rajasthan and in isolated pockets over Haryana, Delhi, East Rajasthan and Vidarbha since two days. Drawing all moisture towards it, Super Cyclone Amphan also impacted the weather over Northwest in a way. The prevailing hot and dry weather is also due to the absence of easterly winds which were all drawn towards the cyclone that wreaked havoc over North Odisha and Bengal on May 20
The highest maximum temperature of 46.6°C was reported at Churu (West Rajasthan).