IMD warns venturing outside during hot afternoons

ST Staff
Tuesday, 26 May 2020

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned people to watch out for hot afternoons as the heatwave conditions in the country are on the rise

New Delhi: According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) heatwave conditions are slated to rise due to prevailing dry winds gusting over northwest India, central India and attached interior regions of eastern India.

"Please watch out for hot afternoons and avoid going out between 11 am and 3 pm,” IMD's Deputy Director-General of Meteorology KS Hosalikar said

Heat conditions will continue over Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Vidarbha and east Madhya Pradesh till May 28.

Hot weather conditions will also prevail in isolated regions over Punjab, Chhattisgarh, interior Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, interior Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, and Jharkhand for the next two to three days.

Dr Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD's Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, said that there will be some respite from May 28 night when the Western Disturbance will affect northwest India and easterly winds will also prevail at lower levels of the atmosphere.

"Dust storm and thunderstorm with strong gusty winds of 50-60 km per hour are likely to occur on May 29 and 30 over NCR-Delhi," he added.

Due to strong southerly wind from the Bay of Bengal, heavy to extremely heavy rain is expected in some parts of North-East till May 28. Churu in Rajasthan witnessed a maximum of 47.5 degree Celsius on Monday, the highest of the season so far.

SCORCHING HEAT IN PUNE

With the maximum temperature in the city touching 40.1 degrees celsius on Monday, Punekars spent the afternoon frustrated.

The highest maximum temperature in the state was reported at Akola at 47.4 degrees celsius, followed by Nagpur at 47 degrees celsius.

The India Meteorological Department has predicted a heatwave in several parts of Vidarbha, central Maharashtra and Marathwada. Rainfall has been predicted in several parts of Konkan, central Maharashtra and Goa on May 29 and 29. A partially cloudy sky is likely in Pune between May 27 and 30.

(With inputs from IANS)

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