Heat wave to peak on Tuesday

Heat wave to peak on Tuesday

S. Sivadas

S. Sivadas

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on May 26, Tuesday said the heatwave conditions will reach its peak intensity today in northwest, central and adjoining interior parts of eastern India. Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh are expected to experience severe heatwave conditions. According to the IMD, a sweltering heat wave will sweep East Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha. The IMD has issued an Orange alert for Delhi on TUesday.

Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat, central Maharashtra, Marathwada, interior Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar and Jharkhand will also experience heatwave conditions for next 2-3 days.

The IMD has predicted a substantial reduction in heatwave conditions from May 29. 'Under the influence of western disturbance and formation of east-west trough in lower levels and likely occurrence of rain/thunderstorm from May 28-29 maximum temperature over plains of north India likely to recede from May 28 onwards,' it said.

Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall during May 26-28. The south peninsular region is expected to experience heavy rainfall from May 27-29.

Rajasthan’s Churi area recorded the highest temperature of the season at 47.5 degrees Celsius on May 25. Delhi also experienced sweltering heat conditions on Monday with the maximum temperature breaching the 46 degrees Celsius-mark in some areas of the national capital.

Dr Kuldeep Srivastava, Head of the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, Monday, said that northern India may get respite from the blistering heat from May 29. 'Dust storm and thunderstorm accompanied with strong gusty winds of 50-60 kmph likely to occur on 29 and 30 may over Delhi NCR,' he said.

Mr. Rajendra Kumar Jenamani, head of Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre said Southwest Monsoon may arrive in Kerala between June 1 and June 5.

'The monsoon is expected to arrive over Kerala coast between June 1 and June 5 and is likely to reach Mumbai between June 15 and June 20,' the Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre head said.