The ongoing heat wave has caused many problems for people in various parts od the country, especially for the people living in the northern plains.
Temperatures have touched new heights in various states, and it’s just the beginning of May. But there’s a good news.
The Indian Meterological Department has said that people can expect some relief from the scorching heat as maximum temperatures across northwest and east India are likely to drop by 2-4 degrees Celsius over the next three days.
“Barring some parts of west Rajasthan and the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, no place in the country is likely to see a heatwave in the next five days,” senior IMD scientist R K Jenamani has mentioned in a statement.
The maximum temperature in Delhi on Sunday was recorded at 40.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature settled at 25.8 degrees Celsius.
According to an IMD report given on Sunday, heatwave conditions are expected to continue over Delhi and adjacent regions over the course of the next three days.
Dust storms or thunderstorms are expected at isolated places over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi between May 2 and May 4.
Heat wave in West India:
In northwest India, a western cyclonic disturbance that arose on Sunday provided much-needed relief from the boiling temperatures.
South Haryana and east Rajasthan received some rainfall in the afternoon, resulting in a dip in the temperature.
However, various parts of west Rajasthan continued to reel under a blistering heatwave, with Bikaner recording a maximum temperature of 47.1 degrees Celsius, the highest recorded temperature in the country.
Relief in the East:
Over east India, due to the influence of south-westerly winds from the Bay of Bengal over east and northeast India in the lower tropospheric level, fairly widespread rainfall is likely over northeast India and sub Himalayan West Bengal-Sikkim during the next five days, the IMD has said in a statement.
Thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds (speed reaching 40-50 kmph) are also predicted to take place over the region during next three days.
On Sunday, south Bengal experienced thunderstorms, with Kolkata and the adjoining suburbs reporting moderate rainfall with squally winds in the evening.
While commuters had to deal with traffic snarls, they welcomed the respite from the intense heat, brought about by the rain and the winds.
Overcast skies and a light breeze brought much-needed relief to the people of coastal Odisha. The maximum temperature fell by around 2-4 degrees in a few places and was below normal in several towns.
While the mercury is reaching new heights, people in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and several other states had to sweat it out due to the issue of long power outages.
With the country facing a power shortage or crisis actually, and serious concerns over coal shortage, the Union coal ministry said that ample coal is available in the nation which is being refilled regularly with record production and will serve the country for another month.
Meanwhile, the Centre has urged states to review their health facility preparedness amid the ongoing heatwave conditions.
States have been directed to ensure availability of adequate quantities of essential medicines and all necessary equipment, as well as sufficient drinking water and continued functioning of cooling appliances in critical areas and institutions.
In conclusion we see that the IMD has predicted a fall of 2-4 degrees Celsius in the temperature in various parts of the country over the coming days.
This may ease the burden on the country’s electric infrastructure a bit, but the ongoing lower shortage needs to be addressed at the earliest and in the necessary way.
The ongoing heat wave is predicted to abate over the coning days in various parts of the country, but the fact is it’s still just the beginning of May. What weather and temperatures lie in store for the upcoming months? Only time can tell.
Edited by – Vanshika Sahu
Published by – Mohd Faizan