Most of central and east India have experienced a reduction in heatwave conditions.
The weather department predicts that Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and southeast Uttar Pradesh will continue to suffer intense heat for the next two days.
Following that, the maximum temperature will gradually decline by 2-3 degrees Celsius, according to IMD. During the period of 16-22 June, there is little chance of a significant heatwave over any part of the country. A yellow alert has also been issued for heatwaves in parts of the national capital on Monday, according to news agency PTI.
A heatwave has gripped northwest India since June 2 due to hot, dry winds from the west. The Safdarjung Observatory – Delhi’s base station – recorded a maximum temperature of 43.9 degrees Celsius on Sunday, which is four degrees above normal.
As hot and dry westerlies swept across northwest India, at least 22 towns and cities in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand reported maximum temperatures above 44 degrees Celsius.
According to the IMD, monsoon conditions will continue to be favourable for the advance of the monsoon into some more parts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Jharkhand and Bihar in the coming days.
During the period of 14 to 16 June, rainfall activity will likely increase in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal. Thunderstorms are also expected.
The next five days will also bring moderate rainfall in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
“The current spell of heavy rainfall is expected to continue over Northeast India, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, and Sikkim for the next five days,” says the weather department.
“Moderate rainfall is very likely” over Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim over the next five days, IMD said on Sunday. During the same period, Assam and Meghalaya may experience “extremely heavy rainfall.”
> “Under the influence of strong westerly winds along the west coast,” scattered rain has also been predicted for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu till Tuesday. The Coastal parts of Karnataka may also receive rain during the same period.
> In the national capital, the monsoon is likely to arrive around the normal date, i.e. June 27, private weather forecasting company Skymet Weather’s vice president Mahesh Palawat.
(With PTI inputs)