The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that an ‘orange alert’ has been issued for severe heatwave in Delhi and neighboring states including Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
The Meteorological Department had already issued a yellow alert for Monday in the national capital as the mercury remained above 45 degrees Celsius in many areas.
“Orange Alert in Delhi. Severe heat wave conditions are prevailing in parts of Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, UP and Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan since June 4. The temperature between 44°-47°C will continue for four days. We advise people to step out with caution as the heat is very severe,” RK Jenamani, senior scientist at IMD, said according to Hindustan Times.
The IMD scientist also said that the monsoon is yet to enter the northern part of the country. “We are monitoring. Monsoon is far away in Delhi.
Meanwhile, the capital has been facing heat wave conditions for the last two days. On Sunday, Najafgarh recorded a maximum temperature of 46.4 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal, making it the hottest place in the capital.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) uses four color codes for weather warnings – green (no action needed), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action).
Mahesh Palawat, vice-president (climate change and meteorology), Skymet Weather, attributed the heatwave to lack of strong western disturbances and persistent hot and dry westerly winds. He said that a fresh Western Disturbance is likely to induce a cyclonic circulation over Punjab and Haryana leading to intermittent pre-monsoon activity over Haryana, Punjab, North Rajasthan and West Uttar Pradesh from June 10.
The IMD has also predicted an increase in rainfall over the northeast and southern peninsula from Tuesday. “In the northeastern parts, there is a possibility of heavy rainfall. Jenamani said, a warning has been issued to Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
The maximum temperature in the capital may drop to 40-41 degree Celsius till Friday. “With Monsoon expected to make landfall over East India by June 15, easterly winds will bring moisture and intensify pre-monsoon activity over North-West India,” he said.