Heatwave in India: IMD issues orange alert for 5 states, several parts see maximum temperature around 45 degrees | India News

NEW DELHI: Amid a punishing heatwave building up in large parts of India, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Delhi-NCR and the plains of northwest India over continued heatwave conditions until May 1.
As per the IMD, heatwave conditions in isolated pockets are very likely over Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, interior Gangetic West Bengal, interior Odisha and northern parts of Gujarat State.

Rajasthan, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh have imposed power cuts on factories as consumption for air conditioning and fans skyrocketed. Meanwhile, water shortages will hit the hardest farmers, including those growing wheat as India aims to boost exports to help ease a global shortage due to the war in Ukraine.
Here’s all you need to know about the current situation in India-
Delhi breached the 40-degree temperature mark
The national capital recorded the highest temperature of 44.2 degrees Celsius at Siri Fort Complex on Wednesday. A ‘yellow alert’ has also been sounded for Delhi.
Skymet Weather said that the heatwaves will not only restrict to Delhi but will also affect the residents of North India.

Western Disturbance may bring some relief
A Western Disturbance on May 2 will bring in some relief for northwest and central India, senior IMD scientist RK Jenamani said.
In an advisory, the IMD said that under the influence of another fresh Western Disturbance likely to affect northwest India from May 2, light/moderate isolated/scattered rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm/lightning is likely over the Western Himalayan Region during May 2-4.

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In pics: Severe heatwave alert across India, days of relief may come next month

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As Delhi breached the 40-degree temperature mark this week, a private forecaster, Skymet Weather on Wednesday issued a warning with the prediction that heatwaves will last until the end of this month and may witness a downfall at the beginning of May. (BCCL)

“Because of this, isolated light rainfall is likely over plains of northwest India during May 3 and 4.”
Heatwave, coal shortage fuel blackouts across states
A potent combination of sweltering summer and acute coal shortages have triggered blackouts across many parts of the country as states struggle to manage record demand for electricity and low feedstock at power plants.

From Jammu and Kashmir to Andhra Pradesh, consumers are facing power cuts ranging from 2 hours to 8 hours. Factories are the worst hit as the industrial sector is the first port of call for regulating electricity supplies.
Mercury crosses 45 degree Celsius in 7 Rajasthan districts
As Rajasthan reeled under severe heatwave, the temperature soared above 45 degree-mark in seven districts of the state in the past 24 hours.
While Banswara recorded the highest temperature of 45.5 degrees on Wednesday, Vanasthali clocked 45.4 degrees, Dholpur — 45.4, Barmer — 45.1, Jodhpur’s Phalodi — 45.2, Bikaner — 45.2 and Karauli was at 45 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature in eight districts was above 44 degrees with Pilani registering 44.4 degrees, Churu — 44, Sriganganagar — 44.7, Nagaur — 44.5, Bundi — 44.5, Baran’s Anta — 44.2, Dungarpur — 44.4 and Jalore — 44.4 degrees.
Brahmpuri records highest maximum temperature in Maharashtra
Brahmpuri in Chandrapur district on Wednesday recorded a maximum temperature of 45.1 degrees Celsius which was the highest in Maharashtra during the day, said an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) here.
Several other cities in eastern Maharashtra too recorded temperatures above 40 degrees. Suhas Nandanwar, meteorologist at IMD Nagpur, said the heatwave conditions are expected to continue for the next five days in Nagpur, Wardha, Chandrapur, Brahmpuri and Akola districts.
Respite from heatwave in Bengal likely from May 1: Met office
Districts in southern and western parts of West Bengal would continue to reel under heatwave conditions over the next three days, the weather office said, adding that some respite could be in store from May 1 owing to moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal.
People of Kolkata had been experiencing uncomfortable weather over the past few days owing to sweltering heat and high humidity.
As temperatures rise, PM Mod asks states for fire audits of hospitals
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked states to undertake safety audits, especially of hospitals, citing cases of fire incidents amid searing heat in many parts of the country.
In a meeting with chief ministers over the Covid-19 situation, the prime minister said there has been a rise in fire incidents in forests and important buildings, including hospitals, as he observed that the mercury levels are rising above normal.
(With inputs from agencies)

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