The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that heatwave conditions are likely to persist in north India as the monsoon’s arrival has been delayed. The meteorological department has predicted a “severe heatwave” in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Vidarbha in Maharashtra till Tuesday.
The national capital, where the maximum temperature settled close to 43 degree Celsius last week, experienced a drop in temperature by three degrees. However, Delhi reeled under scorching conditions on Sunday, with the maximum temperature settling at 43.8 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season’s average.
There can be rains on June 11 owing to pre-monsoon activities in Delhi. The monsoon is expected to reach Delhi in the first week of July.
In Delhi, the MeT has predicted heatwave conditions for Monday with clear sky. The maximum temperature is expected to be 45 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature at 29 degrees Celsius, the MeT official said.
Uttar Pradesh continued to sizzle as it recorded a maximum temperature of 43.1 degree Celsius, three degrees above normal, while the minimum temperature hovered around 28.8 degree Celsius. The MeT has warned that severe heatwave conditions are likely to prevail at isolated places over the state.
On Sunday, Allahabad was the hottest city in the state, where the mercury touched 47.7 degree Celsius, seven degrees above the normal. Varanasi recorded a high of 45 degree Celsius, while in Kanpur it was 45.1 degrees.
There was no let up in heatwave conditions in parts of Rajasthan on Sunday, with Sri Ganganagar being the hottest place in the state at 48.5 degrees Celsius. Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur recorded a high of 48.1, 47 and 46.2 degree Celsius, respectively. Churu and Kota also reeled under severe heat with each recording a maximum temperature of 48.3 degrees Celsius.
The MeT department has predicted pre-monsoon showers in Gujarat’s southern and Saurashtra-Kutch regions in the next two days. Heatwave conditions are likely to prevail in the Saurashtra region, mainly in Surendranagar, for another day. Light to moderate rains and thundershowers are predicted in Surat, Valsad and Navsari districts of south Gujarat.
Pre-monsoon showers are expected in districts of Saurashtra-Kutch, namely Bhavnagar, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Porbandar, Dwarka, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Kutch, as well as Diu, the IMD said. Heavy rainfall is predicted in Saurashtra-Kutch region, namely Porbandar, Dwarka, and Kutch, in the next four to five days.
Pre-monsoon showers hit hilly regions of Maharashtra’s Satara district on Sunday slowing down traffic on National Highway 4 connecting Mumbai to Bengaluru, officials said. IMD officials said some parts of Aurangabad and Jalna received showers accompanied by thunderstorms in the evening, adding that Pune, especially Baramati and Indapur towns, also experienced rain and lightning.
Meanwhile, schools in Madhya Pradesh which were scheduled to re-open on June 16 after the summer holidays will now re-open on June 23 because of the prevailing heat, the state school education department has said.