- A yellow alert has been issued for the Northwest
- Delhi and adjoining areas will likely receive rainfall on May 3
- Several northern states were experiencing prolonged heatwaves in recent weeks
Heatwave conditions are abating in most parts of the country including Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The Met office said that the temperature will not rise for the next one week as the Western disturbance is quite active.
The weatherman has forecast a partly cloudy sky with the possibility of thunder development and heatwave conditions in most of the northern states.
RK Jenamani, Senior Scientist, IMD, said that a yellow alert has been issued for the Northwest, adding that Delhi and adjoining areas will likely receive rainfall on May 3.
"There are chances of the heatwave being over in most parts of India, including Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, as per the analysis of IMD today. However, there are chances of a heatwave in West Rajasthan and Vidarbha, but the major heatwave spell is over," Jenamani said.
"The heatwave in Odisha and Bengal was over on April 30, as we predicted. Strong winds will be there in the next two to three days. We are also giving a Yellow warning to Northwest India as there is a Western disturbance. Delhi is likely to experience rain mainly on May 3. Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab are on yellow alert and strong winds will be there tomorrow and rain may occur," he said.
"It is a big relief after such a big spell. A heatwave cannot be formed till May 7. We will be able to the exact situation after May 7 after analysing however the temperature goes. But right now the condition is good in May," he added.
The national capital, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and other states were experiencing prolonged heatwaves in recent weeks. Earlier on Sunday, the mercury hovered around 40 to 42 degrees Celsius during the day in Delhi-NCR. The evening was marked by the light wind with most places witnessing little lower maximum temperatures compared to the scorching Saturday and Friday.
In view of the rising temperature, the Centre has urged states to review their health facility preparedness for the availability of adequate quantities of essential medicines and ensure sufficient drinking water.
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