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Weather Update: IMD forecasts heatwave across Delhi, Punjab, UP, and other states till May 18

IMD forecasted that throughout the weekend, scorching conditions will return to Delhi-NCR and Northwest India, with highs of 45 degrees.

Written by  Annesha Barua -- May 16th 2024 08:33 AM
Weather Update: IMD forecasts heatwave across Delhi, Punjab, UP, and other states till May 18

Weather Update: IMD forecasts heatwave across Delhi, Punjab, UP, and other states till May 18

PTC News Desk: According to reports, from May 16 to May 18, heatwave conditions are expected in several northern and northwest states, including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The IMD prediction predicts that till Saturday, May 18, the temperature in Delhi and the surrounding states will climb steadily.

The MeT department reported that over the weekend, the temperature in Delhi is probably going to reach 45 degrees Celsius. Dry westerly and northwesterly breezes, along with clear skies that allow for direct sunshine in northern states starting on Thursday, have been blamed for the skyrocketing temperature.


Since there isn't projected to be any rain or western disturbance, the mercury has been climbing in Delhi over the previous three days and is likely to stay there into the weekend. By Friday, the highest might be 44°C, and on Saturday, it might be 45°C. An IMD representative stated that certain stations might fit the description of a heatwave.

The most recent IMD forecast states that a heatwave will affect western Rajasthan from May 15 to May 18, and that a heatwave will affect western Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and southern Haryana from this morning until Saturday.

Additionally, a heatwave warning has been issued for Bihar and northwest Madhya Pradesh for the period of Friday through Saturday. Parts of Rajasthan will continue to experience hot, muggy weather for the next five days, according to the weather service.

From May 17 to May 19, heatwave conditions will get stronger over the northern plains, including Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi NCR. This weekend, the nation's capital is expected to experience its first heatwave of the year. Since the maximum temperature has only been 4.5°C above average, the Capital has not yet had a heatwave day.

In the meantime, the IMD forecast that Kerala will experience the southwest monsoon by May 31 and that some areas of the state would have moderate to heavy rainfall. "The southwest monsoon typically arrives over Kerala on June 1 and lasts for roughly seven days on average. The southwest monsoon is expected to arrive over Kerala on May 31 of this year, according to a report from the IMD.

Additionally, the IMD stated that on or around May 19, the southwest monsoon is highly likely to move into the South Andaman Sea, certain areas of the Southeast Bay of Bengal, and the Nicobar Islands.

- With inputs from agencies

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