Heatwave Scorches Delhi, Orange Alert Issued for Sunday; Heavy Rain Predicted in Kerala’s Southern Districts

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Delhi was a hot cauldron on Saturday with many areas in the national capital recording a maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius, at least seven notches above normal. Down south, however, the Met issued a red alert for Kerala’s Ernakulam and Idukki districts indicating extremely heavy rainfall. It also issued an orange alert for southern districts till May 16.

According to the India Meteorological Department, the scorching heatwave is predicted to worsen on Sunday with an orange alert issued to caution people of its severity. But, a thunderstorm or a dust storm is also likely in the national capital on May 16.

The weather department said this was the fifth heatwave in the national capital this summer after it recorded its second hottest April since 1951. They city and adjoining areas recorded a monthly average maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius.

“Hot and dry westerly winds sweeping the Delhi-NCR region will push the mercury further up. It is likely to hit the 45-degree mark at Safdarjung on Sunday,” said Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (meteorology and climate change), Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency.

He added, “A cyclonic circulation over Punjab and Haryana will induce pre-monsoon activity which will provide some relief from the intense heat on Monday and Tuesday.”

Here’s a look at how the heatwave will pan out in different parts of the country over the next few days:

As Delhi burned, mercury reached 47.2 degrees Celsius at Mungeshpur and 47 degrees Celsius at Najafgarh. Delhi’s base station Safdarjung observatory, recorded a maximum temperature of 44.2 degrees Celsius. The temperature was five notches above normal and the highest this season so far. It was 42.5 degrees Celsius on May 13.

Delhi saw the mercury rise to 46.9 degrees Celsius at Sports Complex, 46.4 degrees Celsius at Pitampura, 45.8 degrees Celsius at Jafarpur and 45.4 degrees Celsius at Ridge and Ayanagar. All the weather stations in the capital recorded a heatwave day, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Weather forecasters predicted the heatwave spell to worsen on Sunday. An ‘orange’ alert has been issued for Sunday to caution people about a severe heatwave. The IMD uses four colour codes for weather warnings — green (no action needed), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action).

Heat Wave conditions in isolated pockets very likely over Jammu division, Vidarbha and Jharkhand on 14th & 15th May.

Heat Wave to severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets very likely over Punjab & Haryana-Delhi on 14th & 15th; over Uttar Pradesh on 14th with heat wave conditions in some/isolated parts on 15th May.

Heat Wave conditions in many parts with severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets very likely over Madhya Pradesh on 14th & 15th with heat wave conditions in some/isolated parts on 16th & 17th May.

Heat Wave conditions in most parts with severe heat wave conditions in some parts very likely over East Rajasthan on 14th with heat wave conditions in some parts on 15th May.

Heat wave warnings: Heat Wave conditions in most parts with severe heat wave conditions in many parts very likely over West Rajasthan on 14th; heat wave conditions in many parts with severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets over the same region on 15th May.

(With PTI inputs)

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