North India world's hottest region

North India world's hottest region

S. Sivadas

S. Sivadas

As intense heat waves swept through several parts of north and west India, North India and South Pakistan were reported to be the hottest region of the world on May 26, Tuesday.

Delhi recorded the hottest day in May in 18 years, according to a report. The national Capital recorded a maximum of 47.6 degrees Celsius in the Palam area. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures, recorded a maximum of 46 degrees Celsius, as Delhi sweltered under a scorching heatwave.

Rajasthan reeled under a heatwave with the temperature touching 50 degrees Celsius in Churu district. Bikaner recorded maximum temperatures of 47.4 degrees Celsius, Ganganagar 47 degrees Celsius, 46.5 degrees Celsius in Kota and 45 degrees Celsius in Jaipur.

The India Meteorological Department had warned that the heatwave conditions will be at peak intensity on Tuesday in parts of North and Central India due to prevailing dry winds blowing over northwest India, central India and adjoining interior parts of eastern India.

According to the El Dorado website, Banda in Uttar Pradesh and Hisar in Haryana recorded 48 degrees Celsius. Nagpur Sonegaon and Akola regions in Maharashtra 46.8 degrees Celsius and 46.5 degrees Celsius respectively.

Pakistan’s Jacobabad area recorded 50 degrees Celsius and Nawabshah and Pad Idan area recorded maximum temperatures of 49 degrees Celsius.

Heatwave conditions are expected to reduce substantially from May 29, the IMD has said. '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 the IMD said.

The IMD has said that Assam and Meghalaya are likely to receive 'very heavy' rainfall from May 26-28 The weatherman has issued a red-colour coded weather alert for the two northeastern states. 'Red-colour coded warning has been issued to Assam and Meghalaya for the next three days,' IMD Director General, Mr. Mrurunjay Mohapatra, said.

Meanwhile, the monsoon is likely to hit Kerala on June 5.