Madhya Pradesh’s Datia boils at 47.5°C


Datia district in Madhya Pradesh recorded the third-highest temperature in the country…reports Asian Lite News

Temperatures soared across various parts of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, with Datia district hitting a scorching 47.5 degrees Celsius, while Guna and Gwalior experienced intense heat at 45.5 degrees Celsius, reported an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Datia recorded the third-highest temperature in the country, according to a WhatsApp message shared by IMD’s Bhopal center with the media. In Delhi, Najafgarh witnessed the highest temperature nationwide at 47.8 degrees Celsius, followed closely by Agra at 47.7 degrees Celsius.

Prakash Dhawale, a meteorologist at IMD’s Bhopal center, reported that Nowgong in MP’s Chhatarpur district reached a scorching 45.3 degrees Celsius. Other major cities like Indore, Bhopal, and Jabalpur experienced high temperatures of 43.1, 43, and 41 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Looking ahead, IMD forecasts the possibility of rain or thundershowers in isolated areas of eastern Madhya Pradesh on Monday. However, heatwave conditions are expected to persist in isolated pockets of both western and eastern MP. Some regions might also experience strong winds reaching speeds of 40-50 kmph.

Red alert for Delhi

The India Meteorological Department on Sunday held out no immediate respite from the searing and scalding heatwave as it issued a red alert in Delhi informing that the temperatures can range between 28 to 44 degrees Celsius.

Senior IMD scientist Naresh Kumar said that the current situation will prevail for the next week.

“Generally, May is considered the hottest month. If there is no rainfall activity in North India, then the temperature normally crosses 45 degrees Celsius. It is forecast that this situation will prevail for the next week. This scenario will continue for the next 5 days in Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana. We have issued a red alert. A heatwave situation will exist in UP for the next 3-4 days. Heatwaves will also prevail in North MP. We have issued an orange alert for the region,” he said.

One of the tourists, Kavinder Beniwal, who came to Panipat to visit India Gate said that the children are getting irritated due to the prevailing heat.

“The situation is quite bad (due to excessive heat). I came here with my children to tour. The children are also getting irritated. I have come here from Panipat,” he said.

Another tourist, Sanchita Sengupta, who came from Kolkata, West Bengal, said that camps and water should be available for the children and people visiting India Gate.

“I came with my child to visit here. Camps and the availability of water can help a lot of people during this scorching heat. Camps would be really helpful,” she said.

Meanwhile, severe heatwave conditions, exceeding a blistering 45 degrees Celsius, were observed in some parts of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.

IMD said that Barmer in Rajasthan experienced a scorching high of 46.9 degrees Celsius. Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh also recorded a searing 46.9 degrees Celsius.

Surendranagar and Deesa in Gujarat also recorded temperatures ranging between 45 and 45.5 degrees Celsius on Saturday. (with inputs from agencies)

Mercury continues to soar in Himachal

The India Meteorological Department has issued a heat wave warning for several districts in Himachal Pradesh for the next 4-5 days.

According to the Meteorological Centre in Shimla, the heat wave is likely to continue in isolated pockets in the districts of Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Solan, Sirmaur, Kangra, and Shimla districts of Himachal Pradesh for the next 4 to 5 days.

There is also the possibility of a severe heat wave in the districts of Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Solan (Nalagarh, Baddi, Parwanoo), Sirmaur (Dhaulakuan, Paonta Sahib), and Kangra (Gaggal, Nupur, Indora, Fatehpur, Dehra, Jaswan) and adjoining areas, the IMD said.

The IMD further said that the average maximum temperatures in the state are likely to increase by 2 to 3 degrees and to remain appreciably above normal during the period.

The average minimum temperatures for mid-hills, low-hills, or plain areas of the state are likely to increase by 2 to 3 degrees and will remain above normal, whereas the minimum temperatures for high-hill areas of the state are likely to decrease by 1 to 2 degrees and will remain normal during this period, it added.

In its advisory, the IMD has warned of high temperatures and an increased likelihood of heat illness symptoms in people who are either exposed to the sun for a prolonged period or doing heavy work.

It further raised high health concerns for vulnerable people, including the elderly and infants. The IMD has also advised people to avoid heat exposure in areas that are on orange alert. It is also advised to drink sufficient water,, even if not thirsty to avoid dehydration.

The IMD also suggested wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose, cotton clothes while going out.

According to the IMD data, Una district in Himachal recorded the highest temperature of the season at 44.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Neri in Hamirpur recorded 44.0 degrees Celsius, Sundernagar recorded 40 degrees Celsius, Berthon recorded 40.2 degrees Celsius, Kangra recorded 40.0 degrees Celsius, Mandi – 38.8 degrees Celsius, Hamirpur recorded 36.9 degrees Celsius, Chamba recorded 38.8 degrees Celsius, Bhunter in Kullu recorded 37.2 degrees Celsius, and Dharshala recorded 36.0 degrees Celsius.

The state capital, Shimla, also recorded the highest of the season at 29.5 degrees Celsius. The heat wave was observed in Shimla, Sundernagar, Bhuntar, Dharamshala, Una, Solan, Kangra, Mandi, and Bilaspur. (ANI)

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