Mercury levels are likely to sink between 12th and 14th April, providing marginal relief from the soaring heat over north India. Severe heat has been sweeping many parts, both plains and mountains, for the last one week. Most of Rajasthan and southern parts of Haryana are reeling with scorching heat, with day temperature climbing to 44-45°C.
Alwar, Dholpur, Phalodi and Ganganagar in Rajasthan breached 45°C and Alwar registered 45.8°C, the highest temperature over the country so far in the season. National capital recorded 42.4°C on 09thApril, the highest in the last 5 years.
The entire region is expected to sizzle today as well, observing ‘loo’ conditions over Rajasthan, Delhi and West Uttar Pradesh. Heat wave conditions over large areas and severe heat wave in some pockets will continue for the next 24hr and a marginal relief thereafter. However, the day temperature will continue to remain above 40°C across the region.
A western disturbance is approaching Jammu & Kashmir on 12thApril. Mountainous states of North India will witness cloudy skies and scattered rain and thundershowers between 12th and 14th April. Lightening strikes also quite likely at few places during this period. This weather system will have an induced cyclonic circulation over north Rajasthan and neighboring parts of Punjab and Haryana.
Prevailing heat conditions will provide additional trigger and 1st spell of thunderstorm or dust storm of this season, is likely over parts of Punjab, Haryana and North Rajasthan. More activity is expected along the foothill and mild elsewhere. National capital, though remaining on the outer peripherals, stand a chance of having flashes of lightening with mild roar of thunder, on 13thApril night.
Wind pattern will change from dry and extremely hot northwesterly to light and moist easterly. The day temperatures are expected to dip by 2-3°C, albeit with a spike in the sweat and sultry conditions. Heat wave may abate for couple of days but build up again after mid week.