IMD Issues Heatwave Alert For Northern And Central

Mumbai: As the scorching heatwave continues to grip North India, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has offered no immediate respite, issuing a red alert in Delhi with temperatures expected to soar between 28 to 44 degrees Celsius.

According to senior IMD scientist Naresh Kumar, the prevailing heatwave situation is likely to persist 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,” Kumar stated.

The IMD has also issued alerts for Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (UP), and North Madhya Pradesh (MP). “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,” Kumar added.

The searing heat has not only affected locals but also tourists visiting iconic landmarks like India Gate in Delhi. Kavinder Beniwal, a tourist from Panipat, expressed concern over the discomfort caused by the heat, particularly for children. “The situation is quite bad (due to excessive heat). I came here with my children to tour. The children are also getting irritated,” Beniwal remarked.

Sanchita Sengupta, another tourist from Kolkata, West Bengal, emphasized the need for facilities like camps and water to mitigate the impact of the heat on visitors. “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,” Sengupta suggested.

Meanwhile, severe heatwave conditions, surpassing 45 degrees Celsius, were recorded in parts of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat on Saturday. Barmer in Rajasthan experienced a scorching high of 46.9 degrees Celsius, while Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh recorded a searing 46.9 degrees Celsius. Surendranagar and Deesa in Gujarat also witnessed temperatures ranging between 45 and 45.5 degrees Celsius.

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