The national capital saw another scorching day on Friday with the maximum temperature reaching 44 degree Celsius, four notches above the season’s average, and is, along with north, central and east India, set to face heat waves all this week.
“Heatwave conditions are very likely to persist over parts of Northwest India and Central India during May 25 to 27,” an official at India Meteorological Department said. The IMD also warned that an intense heat wave is likely to grip the National Capital from May 27 to 29.
According to weather analysts, next respite from excessive heat is likely only towards the end of May.
In Haryana, Hisar, Narnaul and Bhiwani continued to sizzle, with maximum temperatures hovering in the range of 43-45 degrees.
Karnal and Ambala, too, reeled under intense heat wave conditions recording respective maximum temperatures of 42.2 degrees Celsius and 42.5 degrees Celsius, both four notches above the normal limits.
Ludhiana, too, experienced the hot weather at 43 degrees Celsius, up four notches while Amritsar’s maximum settled at 41.9 degrees Celsius, two more than the normal limit.
According to the MeT forecast, heat wave conditions are likely to continue at many places in Haryana and at a few places in Punjab from 23-27 May.
Meanwhile, the hills of Himachal Pradesh also continued to experience heat weather with the state’s Una town recording a high of 43 degrees Celsius.
“Heatwave conditions are prevailing in Una, Sirmaur, Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts and parts of Mandi district and will continue to prevail till Friday,” said the Met official. The state capital, Shimla recorded a high of 28.5 degrees Celsius, three degrees above the average for this time of the year.
Dharamsala recorded a maximum of 32.8 degrees Celsius, while it was 39.3 degrees in Hamirpur town, 38.5 degrees in Chamba town, 36.6 degrees in Nahan town and 23 degrees in Kalpa in Kinnaur district.