1. IMD issues ‘red alert’ for Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and West UP for severe heatwave.
2. Daytime temperatures in these areas may exceed 47°C over the next five days.
3. Heatwave conditions persist, posing challenges to residents and authorities alike.

Weather Update, May 22: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a ‘red alert’ for Delhi and parts of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and West Uttar Pradesh, forecasting continued heatwave to severe heatwave conditions over the next five days.

Maximum daytime temperatures in many districts of these states may soar above 47 degrees Celsius.

Record Temperatures Across Regions

On Tuesday, severe heatwave conditions were observed in many parts of northwest India, particularly in Rajasthan, as well as isolated pockets of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Additionally, warm night conditions were noted in some parts of Rajasthan, highlighting the intensity of the current heatwave.

Highest Recorded Temperatures on Tuesday

  • Sirsa, Haryana: 47.8°C
  • Najafgarh, Delhi: 47.4°C
  • Pilani, Rajasthan: 47.2°C
  • Bhatinda (Airport), Punjab: 46.6°C
  • Agra (Taj), Uttar Pradesh: 46.6°C
  • Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh: 45.6°C
  • Surendranagar, Gujarat: 45.4°C
  • Akola, Maharashtra: 44.0°C
  • Durg, Chhattisgarh: 43.6°C
  • Una, Himachal Pradesh: 42.4°C

Extended Heatwave Forecast

Upcoming Days

The IMD has indicated that heatwave to severe heatwave conditions are likely to persist in the plains of northwest India, with continued heatwave conditions expected in north Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat over the next five days.

Central India

Central India is expected to experience a gradual rise in maximum temperatures by about 2-3 degrees Celsius over the next five days. In the next 24 hours, both Northwest India and Maharashtra are projected to see no significant change in maximum temperatures, followed by a gradual rise of 2-3°C.

Delhi Weather Forecast

For Wednesday, the IMD has forecasted a mainly clear sky in Delhi. Heatwave conditions are expected in a few places, with strong surface winds reaching speeds of 20-30 km/h, occasionally gusting higher during the day.

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Monsoon 2024 Update

Monsoon Advancements

According to the IMD, conditions are favorable for the further advancement of the Southwest Monsoon over parts of the Southeast Arabian Sea, additional areas of the Maldives, the Comorin area, the South Bay of Bengal, and more regions of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and the Andaman Sea in the next two days.

Rainfall Forecast

  • May 22 to 23: Isolated heavy rainfall is expected over Coastal and South Interior Karnataka.
  • May 24: Heavy rainfall is forecasted for Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal.
  • May 25: Kerala is expected to experience isolated heavy rainfall.

Very Heavy Rainfall Predictions

  • May 22 to 23: Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal.
  • May 24: Heavy to very heavy rainfall over Kerala and Mahe.
  • May 22 and 23: Isolated extremely heavy rainfall over Kerala.

The ongoing heatwave conditions across North India, coupled with high temperatures and the impending advancement of the monsoon, highlight the climatic extremes the region is currently facing.

Authorities and residents are advised to take necessary precautions to mitigate the effects of the severe heatwave and to stay updated with the latest weather forecasts and alerts issued by the IMD.