Nearly half of India on heat wave alert

June 2, 2019 12:03 PM |

Heat wave in India

During the last 48 hours, severe heat wave conditions have prevailed in many parts of the country. In fact, mercury has been touching new heights for the last many days, particularly over Northwest India.

Since the last one week, the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, North interior Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Gujarat and Rajasthan have been reeling under heat wave conditions. Maximum temperatures have been settling in the range of 46℃ to 50℃. In fact, Rajasthan and Vidarbha region of Maharashtra have been put on red alert for heat wave.

The state of Rajasthan has topped the list of the most hottest place in India, experiencing severe heat wave conditions. Mercury here has been rising as high as Sensex. Yesterday, extremely hot weather conditions were experienced in parts of Rajasthan, with places like and Churu and Sri Ganganagar breaking records.

Churu recorded whopping 50.8℃, which was nine degrees above the normal average and highest maximum temperature ever recorded in the city. Sri Ganganagar was not far behind, with temperature peaking at 49.6℃, seven notches above average. Following is the list of top 10 hottest cities in the country:

Top 10 hottest places

According to weathermen, presently the position of the Sun is over Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, which is slowly shifting westwards towards the northwestern plains of the country. Apart from the Sun’s position, following factors are making the conditions favourable for heat wave:

1.Absence of any significant weather system
2.Presence of weak Western Disturbances over the northern parts of the country
3.Unabated flow of dry and hot westerly/northwesterly winds from Sindh, Pakistan
4.Clear sky conditions

According to Skymet Weather, ‘no relief is expected from ongoing severe heat wave conditions in parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Vidarbha and South Uttar Pradesh in the coming days. These areas will continue to experience dry and hot northwesterly winds. Similarly, pockets of Gujarat, Delhi, South Haryana and Punjab will reel under heat wave during next few days. Moreover, due to ever rising temperatures, severe heat wave will continue in pockets of Rajasthan during the next 48 to 72 hours.’

Residents of Sri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Churu, Bikaner, Jaipur , Jodhpur, Phalodi, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Narnaul, Hisar, Bhatinda, Gwalior, Agra, Banda, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Jhansi, Satna, Bhopal, Sheopur, Khargone, Akola, Amravati, Jalgaon and Nagpur will have to battle extremely hot weather conditions for next two to three days.

Thereafter, temperatures may decrease slightly as different Western Disturbances will start affecting the Western Himalayas and northwestern plains of the country. Although temperatures may drop but hot weather would persist.

On the contrary, due to presence of an east-west upper air trough, extending from South Punjab to Manipur across South Haryana, South Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Sub Himalayan West Bengal, moist easterly winds have started blowing over Northwest Uttar Pradesh, North Haryana, North Punjab and Western Himalayas. Thus, day temperatures will decrease by three to four degree Celsius in these parts, but due to increase in moisture, feel like factor of day maximums would be much more.

The heat wave conditions are declared when temperatures over coastal areas settle above 37/38 degree Celsius. For plains, the limit for severe heat wave is 45 degree Celsius or more, while for hills, it is 30 degree Celsius or more.

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