Ahmedabad/Jaipur/Chandigarh: Heatwave conditions are prevailing across northern and western regions of the country, with Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh all reporting temperatures higher than 41°C. This, even as monsoon has finally hit Kerala.
Heatwave in Gujarat
The heatwave swept parts of north Gujarat and Saurashtra on Saturday. It is likely to continue for the next two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
The IMD said Ahmedabad recorded a maximum temperature of 44.1°C, which was a positive departure of 3.4°C from normal, while Surendranagar remained the hottest district in the state Saturday at 45.5°C.
In a release, the IMD further said Deesa, Gandhinagar, and Rajkot recorded temperatures of over 44°C.
Gandhinagar and Rajkot recorded maximum temperature of 44.6°C each, it said.
The IMD’s Ahmedabad meteorological centre predicted similar heatwave conditions to continue over parts of north Gujarat districts, namely Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, as well as Rajkot, Amreli, Surendranagar and Kutch in the Saurashtra-Kutch region.
Heatwave in Rajasthan
Heatwave conditions prevailed in most places in western Rajasthan Saturday, with Churu being the hottest place at 47.4°C.
Bikaner recorded the maximum temperature at 47.1°C, followed by Barmer, Ganganagar, Kota and Jodhpur at 47, 46.7, 46.5 and 46.3°C, respectively, according to the IMD here.
The day temperatures in Jaipur and Ajmer were 44.6°C and 44.5°C.
Severe heat wave conditions are likely to occur at isolated places in the state during the next 48 hours, it said.
The IMD has forecast relief from hot weather conditions after Monday due to southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea.
There was no let-up in heatwave sweeping Haryana and Punjab, with Narnaul sizzling at 45.8°C on Saturday.
According to the meteorological department, the day temperature in Haryana’s Narnaul was three notches above normal for this time of the year.
Hisar and Bhiwani also sizzled recording above-normal maximums of 44.5°C and 44.4°C respectively.
The maximum temperature in Ambala settled at 42.9°C, up to four notches against normal while Karnal recorded a high of 41.6°C.
The joint capital of Chandigarh registered a high of 41.7°C, up to three notches above normal.
In Punjab, the holy city Amritsar experienced a hot day at 43.4°C, three notches above normal. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded above-normal maximum temperatures of 43.3°C and 43.6°C, respectively.
Sultry weather will prevail in the national capital Saturday and no relief is expected from the scorching heat for two days, the weatherman said.
At 8:30 am, the weather station at Safdarjung recorded the minimum temperature at 28°C, normal for this time of the year, and humidity levels at 56%.
The city is likely to record a high of 43°C. However, private forecaster Skymet Weather predicted that the mercury could touch the 46-degree mark.
A meteorological department official predicted a mainly clear sky for the rest of the day.
Heat wave conditions are likely at isolated places in Delhi for the next two days, the official said.
In large areas, a heatwave is declared when the mercury touches the 45-degree mark for two consecutive days and a severe heatwave is when the temperature soars to 47°C for two days on the trot, according to the IMD. In small areas, like the national capital, a heatwave is declared if the maximum temperature is recorded at 45°C even for a day, he said.
Heatwave conditions are likely to continue in the north and central India next week, the IMD has said.
The IMD has predicted a “severe heatwave” in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Vidarbha in Maharashtra from Saturday till Tuesday.
“Heatwave conditions are likely to prevail over Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, north Chhattisgarh and south Uttar Pradesh on most of the days during (the next one) week,” the IMD said.
There is a likelihood of similar temperature to continue, especially after the subdued rainfall over major parts of India.
It is likely that the severity of the heat over eastern India could also increase. Therefore, the heatwave zone could extend towards interior Odisha, north-coastal Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar during this period, the weather department said.
The region in north India and central India have been witnessing intense heating, with the mercury soaring over 50°C in some places of Rajasthan.
Parts of the south, east and northeast India are expected to get some relief from the blistering heat, with the onset of monsoon expected to take place over Kerala on Saturday.