1. Severe heatwave claims 54 lives in central, eastern, and northern India.
2. Temperatures exceed 45°C in places like Delhi.
3. Duststorm predicted in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi.

Delhi, May 31: As severe heatwave conditions persist in central, eastern, and northern India, the death toll rises to at least 54.

Temperatures soar above 45 degrees Celsius in several places, including Delhi. A duststorm is forecasted over Uttar Pradesh between May 31 and June 1, and in Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi on May 31.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), very light to light rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning is predicted over the plains of Northwest India from May 31 to June 2.

On Thursday, Delhi recorded a scorching maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius, 5.2 notches above normal. This follows a record high of 46.8 degrees Celsius the previous day.

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Bihar reports 32 deaths from heatstroke, with significant numbers in Aurangabad, Arrah, Gaya, Rohtas, Buxar, and Patna.

Odisha registers 10 fatalities in Rourkela, while Jharkhand, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh also report heat-related deaths.

Additionally, a 40-year-old man from Bihar succumbed to heatstroke in Delhi, with his body temperature reaching a dangerous 108 degrees Fahrenheit.

The IMD warns of heatwave to severe heatwave conditions in isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Odisha on May 31 and June 1.

Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, and Uttarakhand may also experience heatwave conditions on May 31.

As for the Southwest Monsoon, it is expected to advance into more southern states and parts of Northeast India in the next few days.

A western disturbance over Jammu may bring isolated to scattered light rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning over certain regions from May 31 to June 2.

The Southwest Monsoon has already set in over Kerala, a day ahead of schedule, and has advanced into most parts of Northeast India.

This progression aligns with the IMD’s earlier announcement that the monsoon’s onset over Kerala will be by May 31.