IMD predicts fresh heat wave spell from May 19

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On Tuesday, heat wave conditions were experienced over isolated places in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Bihar and Maharashtra….reports Asian Lite News

On the one hand, southwest monsoon is round the corner for peninsular India, while on the other central and northwest India continue to be in the grip of heat wave, albeit substantially reduced both in terms of intensity and spatial distribution.

But that is a short-lived joy as a fresh spell of heat wave conditions are likely over northwest and central India from May 19, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

On Tuesday, heat wave conditions were experienced over isolated places in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Bihar and Maharashtra. At 46.9-degree Celsius, Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest maximum temperature in the country.

Maximum temperatures were above normal (by 3.1-degree Celsius to 5-degree Celsius) at a few places in Jammu & Kashmir; at isolated places in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra; and were above normal (1.6-degree Celsius to 3-degree Celsius) at most places in Jharkhand, at many places in Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, and at a few places in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha.

The IMD has predicted that heat wave conditions are very likely over Jammu division, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday while on Thursday, similar heat wave conditions are expected at isolated places in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat.

Heat wave conditions in isolated pockets are very likely over Uttar Pradesh on May 19; Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha on May 20 & 21; Punjab and Haryana on May 19 & 20; Rajasthan on May 18 to 21, the IMD warning said.

Meanwhile, with a mostly clear sky and maximum temperatures ranging from 41.1 to 44.6 degrees Celsius, Delhi NCR on Tuesday had a relatively bearable day in the current spell of heat wave conditions with the weatherman predicting slightly higher temperatures for Wednesday.

Delhi NCR has had a series of heat waves since March and no significant rainfall that has had an impact on not just people but also the crop in northwest India. In the current spell of heat wave, all stations of Delhi recorded maximum temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius with two of them breaching the 49 degrees Celsius mark on Sunday.

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