IMD Issues Red Alert As North India Simmers Under Heatwave

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IMD Issues Red Alert As North India Simmers Under
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the scorching summer heat has now begun wreaking havoc across the country.

After the maximum temperature breached the 45 degree Celsius mark in the country’s northern states, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has now issued a red alert in Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan for the next two days.

According to the IMD, the temperature is expected to reach 47-48 degree Celsius in these states in the next few days.

Meanwhile, given the possibility of a heatwave, an orange alert has been issued in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The IMD said that heatwave conditions could prevail for around a week in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Maharashtra’s Vidarbha and in Telangana.

Rajendra Kumar Jenamani, head of the IMD’s Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre, said that the maximum temperature in all parts of Delhi has remained around 45-46 degree Celsius so far.

The maximum temperature in India - at 47.6 degrees - has been recorded in Rajasthan’s Churu and Pilani and we have been seeing the maximum temperature of this year for the last two days, he added.

Jenamani also said that there could be some respite from the heat May 29 onward. 

Meanwhile, there could be a delay in the monsoon reaching the Kerala coast this year; it is expected to arrive there by June 5. Apart from this, the monsoon will reach Mumbai between June 15 and 20.

According to the IMD, the temperature in Delhi-NCR will remain at the 40 degrees Celsius mark till May 29-30 and in this duration, dust-storms with speeds of up to 60 km per hour are expected to hit the area.

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