18 Apr 2023

Heat Wave In India: Large Parts Of Country Continue To Sizzle; Orange Alert In Bihar

NEW DELHI: Heat wave conditions continue persist in large parts of country with mercury close to 40 degrees Celsius  as the Indian Meteorological Department predicted no relief in parts of east India over the next four days and the northwest region over the next two days.

Heat wave in Delhi

In the national capital, heatwave conditions made people sweat for the second successive day with some weather stations recording the maximum temperature at least five degrees Celsius above normal. 

Delhi's Safdarjung Observatory, registered a maximum temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius, four notches higher than normal. This is the third consecutive day that the maximum temperature settled above 40 degrees Celsius here.

The IMD said cloudy weather and light rain may provide some relief from the heat in the city on Wednesday.

Orange alert in many dists of Bihar

The heat has broken the record of 10 years in Purnia, Bihar. The mercury has crossed 41 in the second week of April. There is heat wave and heat wave effect in Bihar for the last five days. With strong sunshine during the day, hot wind is blowing from west and north-west at a speed of 12 to 19 kmph. The Meteorological Department has also issued an orange alert regarding heat wave in Patna, Banka, Jamui, Nawada, Aurangabad, Supaul on Tuesday.

Along with this, the effect of heat wave will continue for the next 48 hours in 23 districts including East West Champaran, Siwan, Chhapra, Bhagalpur, Buxar, Munger, Khagaria. During this, the maximum temperature is estimated to be 44 and the minimum temperature is 26 degrees.

From April 22, the weather will improve in all parts of Bihar. In 14 districts of Bihar, the day temperature was close to 43 degrees on Monday. Patna, Gaya, Rohtas, Sheikhpura, Khagaria, Banka, Nawada recorded temperatures above 44 degrees between 12 and 3 pm.

Mercury shoots up in 20 cities of MP

After drizzle and thunderstorm, the heat has again started troubling people in Madhya Pradesh. Mercury has shot up in 20 cities of Madhya Pradesh including Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur. It was so hot in Bhopal on Monday that the asphalt of the road itself melted. 

For the first time in the season, the mercury crossed 40 degrees in Bhopal. Even in Gwalior, it was the hottest day of the season, while the people of Indore-Jabalpur were also troubled by the scorching heat. On the other hand, Khajuraho and Rajgarh were the 7th and 9th hottest cities in the country. The mercury reached 43.2 degrees at both the places.

According to the IMD, the Gangetic West Bengal and Bihar may see heat wave conditions for nest four days. Sikkim, Odisha and Jharkhand may also experience such conditions over the next two to three days. Eastern Uttar Pradesh may also be affected on April 18-19, it said.

Pre monsoon rain in western Himalayas and northern plains

According to Skymet Weather, rain and thunderstorm may start over plains of Northwest India from April 19. There may be widespread rain over Punjab and scattered over Haryana, northwest Uttar Pradesh, and North Rajasthan between April 19 and 20.  Delhi may also witness isolated rain and thunderstorm during this period. . 

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