Blistering heat wave swept across Telangana, Odisha and Haryana on Monday as the mercury soared over 44 degrees at many places in these states, with Ramagundam recording the season’s highest temperature of 47.2 degrees Celsius.
The IMD has issued a warning that the heat wave was likely to prevail in isolated places of Telangana till May 31. It also said thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds (30-40 kmph) and lightning was very likely to occur at isolated places till May 29.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ramagundam in Telangana recorded 47.2 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature of the season.
After Ramagundam, Adilabad and Nalgonda recorded the maximum temperature of 45.8 degrees Celsius each followed by Nizamabad at 45.3 degrees and Hyderabad 42.5 degrees Celsius.
Parts of Telangana have been experiencing heat wave for about a month now with the mercury crossing the 40-degree Celsius mark at several places.
The national capital also reeled under hot and dry weather conditions, with the maximum temperature crossing the 41-degree Celsius mark.
The city recorded a high of 41.9 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, and a low of 25.4 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said.
In Odisha, the temperature soared over 40 degrees Celsius in at least 11 areas.
The MeT has warned that heat wave conditions will persist particularly in the western region of the state for at least next two days and advised people to take precautions.
Sonepur town in western Odisha was the hottest place in the state, recording a maximum temperature of 44.8 degrees Celsius, it said.
Closely following Sonepur was Sambalpur where the mercury touched 44.7 degrees, while the temperature stood at 44.6 degrees in Titlagarh, 44 degrees in Jharsuguda, 43.7 degrees in Bolangir and 43.6 degrees Celsius in Hirakud, the MeT centre said.
In the state capital Bhubaneswar, the maximum temperature was 38.2 degrees Celsius with a high relative humidity level of 92 per cent, while neighbouring Cuttack recorded 37.8 degrees Celsius.
High levels of humidity made the weather conditions unbearable in the twin cities.
The maximum temperatures at most places in Haryana and Punjab, including their common capital Chandigarh, hovered above the season’s average.
Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 39.9 degrees Celsius, a notch above average, the Meteorological department said.
In Haryana, sweltering heat prevailed in Narnaul which recorded a high of 44.3 degrees Celsius, three notches above average.
Ambala recorded a high of 40.5 degrees Celsius, while Bhiwani’s maximum settled at 41.9 degrees Celsius.
Similarly, Hisar recorded a maximum of 41.1 degrees Celsius, while Karnal’s maximum settled at 40.6 degrees Celsius.
In Punjab’s holy city of Amritsar, the mercury rose to 40.2 degrees Celsius, while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded near similar maximum temperatures at 40.7 degrees and 40.8 degrees Celsius, respectively.
According to the MeT department, the weather is likely to remain dry over the next four days in both the states.
In Delhi, the mercury will continue its upward trend and is likely to touch the 43-degree mark Tuesday. The minimum temperature is likely to hover around 25 degrees Celsius, the official added.
The IMD has advised people in all these states not to expose themselves directly to sunlight and take necessary precautions due to the heat wave.