There will be no relief from the heat wave in north and central India for at least another week. The Indian Meteorological Department has said that heat wave conditions will gradually recede only from May 27 to May 31.
“Heat wave to severe heat wave conditions are very likely at a few places over Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat; and at isolated places over south Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha and central Maharashtra,” the IMD said in its forecast.
What’s worse, a “red alert” and a “severe heat wave” warning has been issued for east and west Rajasthan, east and west Madhya Pradesh, Saurashtra and Kutch and the Gujarat region. The situation is likely to remain the same for the next two days, said the MET.
“The (heat) intensity is likely to reduce thereafter and gradually abate during May 27 to 31. The maximum day and minimum night temperatures are likely to remain markedly above normal over entire northwest, west and central India during May 17 to 27. They are likely to fall to their respective normal or below normal values between May 27 and June 1,” the IMD said.
Several parts of India are reeling under intense heat. On May 19, Phalodi in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan recorded its highest temperature of 51° Celsius. It’s the highest temperature recorded in India in over a 100 years.
Last week, the MeT also predicted that the monsoon will be delayed by a week and will only hit the Kerala coast on 7th June.
Southwest monsoon hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands two days in advance but a cyclone in Bay of Bengal is likely to “weaken” its progress which will delay the monsoon.
(With inputs from PTI)