Heat wave easing in all parts of the country: Meteorological Office

A severe heat wave is declared if the maximum temperature rises above 47 degrees Celsius.

New Delhi:

The heat wave has eased in all parts of the country and the maximum temperature has fallen further by two to four degrees Celsius in Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi and Haryana, the Indian Meteorological Department said on Tuesday.

No part of northwest, central and eastern India is likely to experience a heatwave in the next five days, the MeT office said.

No significant change is expected in the maximum temperature over most parts of North West India and Central India over the next two to three days. Mercury is expected to rise two to three degrees Celsius thereafter, he said in a statement.

Heatwave conditions will return to parts of Maharashtra from Wednesday and to isolated areas of Rajasthan from Friday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Under the influence of a western disturbance, isolated light rain, dust storm and thunderstorm with winds up to 50 km/h are very likely over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan over the next two days.

With scarce rainfall due to weak western disturbances, northwestern and central India experienced the hottest April in 122 years, with the average maximum temperature reaching 35.9 degrees Celsius and 37 degrees respectively, 78 degrees Celsius.

Several places across the country had recorded record temperatures in April, with the mercury soaring to 46-47 degrees Celsius under the impact of the scorching heatwave.

Banda in eastern Uttar Pradesh recorded an April record high of 47.4 degrees Celsius on Friday.

Allahabad, Jhansi and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh; Gurugram in Haryana; and Satna in Madhya Pradesh had also recorded record temperatures for April at 46.8 degrees Celsius, 46.2 degrees Celsius, 45.1 degrees Celsius, 45.9 degrees Celsius and 45.3 degrees Celsius, respectively on Friday.

At 43.5 degrees Celsius, Delhi experienced its highest single-day maximum temperature in April in 12 years on Thursday and Friday.

On Saturday, the Delhi Sports Complex weather station recorded a maximum temperature of 47.1 degrees Celsius.

Amid the intense heatwave, India’s peak power demand hit a record high of 207.11 GW on Friday.

A heat wave is declared when the maximum temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal. A severe heat wave is declared if the deviation from normal temperature is more than 6.4 notches, according to the IMD.

Based on recorded absolute temperatures, a heat wave is declared when an area records a maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius.

A severe heat wave is declared if the maximum temperature rises above 47 degrees Celsius.

India had its hottest March this year since the IMD started keeping records 122 years ago, with a rainfall deficit of 71%.

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