It is not just the northern plains which are reeling under the continuous spell of severe heat wave, the lower hills too are feeling the heat with Una in Himachal Pradesh recording a day temperature at 43.2 degree Celsius. As the weather in the Himachal remains dry, the state capital, Shimla is facing an acute water crisis.
The local MeT office has warned of heat wave in lower hills and rains or thunderstorm in mid-hills for six days from Tuesday.
According to the warning issued by Indian Meteorological Department, the heat wave conditions on Tuesday are likely to take place at 75% of places, in many parts of West Rajasthan, some parts of East Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and in one or two pockets of Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi.
While there is a forecast of heavy rains in Kerala, where the monsoon hit this morning, and the coastal belt of Karnataka, thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are expected in Uttar Pradesh, eastern Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal & Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, madhya Maharashtra, Konkan & Goa, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, North Interior Karnataka and Tamilnadu.
The temperature in New Delhi/NCR is likely to fall accompanied by dust storm, followed by rain, on Tuesday and Wednesday which may provide much-needed relief from the intense heat wave. Since last week, the temperature level crossed 45 degree Celsius mark in several places and northern India remained in the grip of scorching heat wave.
Meanwhile in Shimla, angry residents came to roads and threatened to gherao the Municipal Corporation office if the acute water crisis situation did not ease by May 30. They also demanded registration of FIR against the officials responsible for allegedly supplying sewage-mix water in some localities.
(With agency inputs)