India’s April heatwave to make way for some respite

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that the heatwave spell may subside over Delhi and adjoining parts of northwest India from this week, bringing much-needed relief to the people.

It has predicted a fall in maximum temperatures by 3-4 degrees Celsius. Even then, the maximum temperature in Delhi is forecast to be 39 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature is expected to be 30 degrees Celsius.

Isolated parts of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, south Uttar Pradesh, Kutch and East Rajasthan will experience a decrease in the temperature from today, whereas Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and West Rajasthan will experience heatwave conditions for another 24 hours. It will subside from May 3, the IMD said.

The national weather forecasting agency also predicted thunderstorm activity over Northwest and East India till May 4 and over Northeast India till May 3. Isolated places over Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh, east Rajasthan and parts of Uttar Pradesh will experience partly cloudy sky with the possibility of thunder development this week.

For the past few weeks, parts of the country have been reeling under intense heatwave with the mercury soaring high and average maximum temperature reaching 35.9 and 37.78 degrees Celsius in the northwest and central India respectively.

Delhi recorded the second-hottest April in the last 27 years with the temperature remaining above 40 degrees Celsius in the past week. The heatwave has caused concern the world over as yet another sign of global warming.

(ANI)

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