The whole of North India including UP, Bihar, Uttarakhand is in the grip of scorching heat. Summer has started from the fields to the mountains. The days ahead may be even more difficult for those facing the heat of May-June in April. In the next few days, there is a possibility of ‘Loo’ in Rajasthan, UP, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, hence the alert has been issued.
The mercury has reached 45 degrees in Rajgarh and Narmadapuram districts of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal recorded a temperature of 41.7 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal. Outbreaks were reported in Chhindwara, Chhatarpur, Sagar, Rajgarh, Dhar, Ratlam, Gwalior and Guna districts. Rajasthan will remain on red alert for the next three days due to hot and dry winds coming from Pakistan and the temperature will cross 47 degrees. In Dungarpur, for the first time in 50 years, the mercury in April crossed 43 degrees. On the other hand, Jalore is the hottest place in Rajasthan with a temperature of 45.2 °C. The Director General of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Mrityunjay Mohapatra said that heatwave may continue till April 15 in many parts of North India.
UP: Fire rained from the sky
From Lucknow, Agra to Aligarh, fire rained from the sky on Friday. Agra recorded a maximum temperature of 44.2 degree Celsius. Not only humans but also animals and birds were troubled in the state. Roads and markets were deserted. Agra being the hottest day of the season recorded the hottest city in the state. It has also become the record for the hottest days of the season. The heat wave continues since March 29. The day temperature was six degrees Celsius above normal. Now the Meteorological Department has issued an alert till 12 April. This is going to be a new record of heat for 15 consecutive days.
Uttarakhand: Warning of severe heat on 11th and 12th
The Meteorological Department has issued a warning of severe heat for the mountainous areas. An orange alert has been issued for Saturday-Sunday, while a red alert has been issued for April 11 and 12. During this time the temperature is expected to rise by two to three degrees. State Meteorological Center director Bikram Singh said that the temperature in almost all the cities of the state was six to seven degrees above normal. The districts of Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Tehri, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag, Almora, Bageshwar, Nainital and Champawat are likely to witness an increase of two to three degrees in the next three to four days. After a few days, there is a possibility of avalanches in the higher reaches.
Jharkhand: Mercury crosses 40 degrees in seven districts
In the midst of scorching heat, the outbreak of heat wave continues in many parts of the north-eastern part of Jharkhand on Friday. Medininagar recorded a maximum temperature of 42.2 degrees Celsius. However, the maximum temperature in Giridih was 6.0 degrees Celsius above normal. Heat wave conditions are prevailing at lower levels due to warm westerly winds coming from south and southwest. It is unlikely to improve in the next few days.
Haryana: Yellow alert in 16 districts
Yellow alert has been issued in 16 districts of Haryana regarding heat. Heat wave and strong heat wave (very hot wind) are forecast for the next one week. Haryana’s Panipat recorded a maximum temperature of 44.6 degree Celsius. Narnaul and Mahendergarh in Mahendragarh recorded maximum temperatures of 42.2 and 41.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.