Amid scorching heat wave IMD issues warning for next five days

Amid the brutal heat wave grasping major part of the country and creating records of sorts, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued warning for next five days. Heat wave could lead to moderate health concern for vulnerable people like- infants, elderly, people with chronic diseases in heat wave affected areas. IMD has suggested avoiding heat exposure, wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose, cotton clothes and covering the head by use of cloth, hat or umbrella as heat began to ramp up once again late last week.

Heat wave conditions in isolated places are very likely to continue over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Bihar and Jharkhand.

According to the IMD, heat wave to severe heat wave conditions are being observed in most parts over south Haryana-Delhi, in many parts over south Uttar Pradesh, in some parts over Jammu Division, Himachal Pradesh, West Rajasthan and Punjab and at isolated parts over East Rajasthan and north Madhya Pradesh. Similar conditions are being observed in many parts over Vidarbha and at isolated pockets over southwest Bihar and Jharkhand.

Maximum Temperatures as on 15th of May, were 45-48°C over most parts of West Rajasthan, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi and Punjab, in some parts of Uttar Pradesh, north Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha, in isolated pockets of East Rajasthan and Saurashtra-Kutch and 40-44°C over many parts of south Madhya Pradesh, Marathwada and west Vidarbha and in isolated pockets of north Madhya Maharashtra, Telangana, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, interior parts of Odisha and Bihar.

Maximum temperatures were markedly above normal (5.1 or more) at most places over Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh, at many places over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan & Muzaffarabad, Uttarakhand and Punjab, at a few places over Bihar, at isolated places over West Rajasthan, appreciably above normal (3.1°C to 5.0°C) at many places over West Uttar Pradesh, East Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh and at isolated places over West Madhya Pradesh, above normal (1.6°C to 3.0°C) at most places over Vidarbha, Gujarat Region, at many places over Jharkhand, at a few places over Odisha, Saurashtra & Kutch and Madhya Maharashtra. On 15th of May, the highest maximum temperature of 49.0°C was reported at Banda in East Uttar Pradesh.

A fall in maximum temperatures by 3-4°C is very likely over many parts of Northwest India during next 24 hours and no significant change during subsequent 2 days. A fall in maximum temperatures by 3-4°C is very likely over many parts of Central India during next 3 days and no significant change is expected during subsequent two days. No significant change in maximum temperatures is very likely over rest parts of the country.

Minimum temperatures are markedly above normal (5.1 or more) at most places over Punjab, at a few places over Himachal Pradesh, appreciably above normal (3.1°C to 5.0°C) at most places over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, West Rajasthan and Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, above normal (1.6°C to 3.0°C) at many places over Jharkhand, East Rajasthan and Vidarbha, at a few places over Bihar, Odisha and Konkan & Goa and at isolated places over Madhya Maharashtra.

Jhansi in west Uttar Pradesh, recorded the highest temperature of 45.0°C. Temperatures recorded at 1430 hours IST of on 17th of May, rose between 1-3°C at many places over Madhya Maharashtra, at a few places over East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Marathwada, Gangetic West Bengal, Intereior Karnataka and Coastal Andhra Pradesh and at isolated places over East Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha , Konkan & Goa, Kerala and Tamilnadu, Puducherry & Karaikal.

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