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Heatwave: IMD issues red alert across North India, Kanpur and Barmer sizzle at 46.9 degrees

Heatwave: The weather department issued red and orange alerts in over 16 districts of Rajasthan for Sunday (May 19) and Monday (May 20).

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu New Delhi Updated on: May 19, 2024 13:06 IST
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Image Source : PTI (FILE). Women during a hot summer day in Prayagraj.

Heatwave: Severe heatwave conditions, exceeding a blistering 45 degrees Celsius, were observed in some parts of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday (May 18). IMD said that Barmer in Rajasthan experienced a scorching high of 46.9 degrees Celsius. Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh also recorded a searing 46.9 degrees Celsius.

Surendranagar and Deesa in Gujarat also recorded temperatures ranging between 45 and 45.5 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

"Today, heatwave to severe heatwave conditions were observed in some parts of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat. Heatwave conditions in many parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi; in isolated pockets of Madhya Pradesh," IMD said in a post on X.

IMD had on Saturday forecast a heatwave and severe heatwave conditions across vast swathes of North India, including several parts of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi, between May 17 and 21.

Red alert across north India 

While a red alert for severe heatwaves was issued for west Rajasthan, an orange alert was also issued for Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, East Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Gujarat. A yellow alert for a heatwave-like condition was issued as well for Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gangetic West Bengal, and Odisha.

An area is considered to be in the grip of a heatwave if the maximum temperature at a weather station reaches at least 40°C and at least 30°C or more for hilly regions. Earlier, Delhi experienced scorching temperatures on Friday, with the mercury reaching a blistering 47.4 degrees Celsius in the Najafgarh area, according to the IMD.

This made Najafgarh the hottest place in the country. The extreme heatwave led to eight stations in Delhi surpassing the 45-degree mark, leaving residents struggling in the sweltering conditions.

Protection from rising temperature

Amid increasing mercury, Dr Deepak Maheshwari, Principal of SMS Medical College in Rajasthan's Jaipur, shared tips on how to protect oneself from heatwaves and rising temperatures, emphasising covering the body parts and staying hydrated.

Stressing the importance of hydration, Dr Maheshwari said, "Keeping your body hydrated will solve half of the problems. It is extremely important to keep yourself hydrated." 

Barmer and Kanpur recorded a maximum temperature of 46.9 degrees Celsius, making the two districts the hottest in the country. The Meteorological Centre, Jaipur, issued an alert for intense heatwaves to continue in Barmer for the next few days. The Barmer administration sprinkled water on the city roads in view of the scorching heat.

Hottest day recorded in Jaipur 

Several other cities in Rajasthan also recorded a maximum temperature of over 45 degrees Celsius on Saturday. Pilani and Ganganagar registered 46.3 degrees Celsius; Phalodi (46.4); Jaisalmer, Jalore and Karauli (46.2); Dholpur (45.9); Jodhpur (45.8); and Bikaner, Churu, and Kota recorded 45.5 degrees Celsius. State capital Jaipur registered the season's hottest day on Saturday with a maximum temperature of 44.4 degrees Celsius.

The weather department also issued red and orange alerts in more than 16 districts of Rajasthan for Sunday (May 19) and Monday (May 20).

 

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