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Extreme heat in Delhi, Orange alert issued on Sunday; Heavy rain forecast in southern districts of Kerala

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Delhi was a hot summer in several parts of the national capital on Saturday with the maximum temperature recorded at 47 degrees Celsius, at least seven degrees above normal. In the south, however, the weather issued a red alert for Ernakulam and Idukki districts of Kerala, indicating extremely heavy rainfall. It also issued an orange alert for the southern districts till May 16.

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According to the India Meteorological Department, a severe heat wave is expected on Sunday with an orange alert being issued to alert people of its seriousness. But, there is also a possibility of thunderstorm or dust storm in the national capital on May 16.

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This was the fifth heatwave in the national capital this summer, the Met department said, which recorded its second-warmest April since 1951. The monthly average maximum temperature of 40.2 degree Celsius was recorded in the city and surrounding areas.

“Hot and dry westerly winds prevailing over Delhi-NCR region will push the mercury higher. It is likely to reach the 45 degree mark at Safdarjung on Sunday,” said Mahesh Palawat, vice president (meteorology and climate change), Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency.

“A cyclonic circulation over Punjab and Haryana would induce pre-monsoon activity which would provide some respite from the scorching heat on Monday and Tuesday,” he said.

Here’s a look at how heatwave conditions will prevail in different parts of the country over the next few days:

As soon as Delhi was burning, the mercury reached 47.2 degree Celsius in Mungeshpur and 47 degree Celsius in Najafgarh. Delhi’s base station Safdarjung Observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 44.2 degrees Celsius. The temperature was five degrees above normal and the highest ever this season. On May 13 it was 42.5 °C.

The mercury rose to 46.9 degrees Celsius in Sports Complex in Delhi, 46.4 degrees Celsius in Pitampura, 45.8 degrees Celsius in Jafarpur and 45.4 degrees Celsius in Ridge and Ayanagar. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that all weather stations in the capital recorded heat wave during the day.

Weather forecasters have predicted further heat wave conditions on Sunday. An ‘Orange’ alert has been issued on Sunday to warn people from the severe heat wave. IMD uses four color codes for weather warnings – green (no action required), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action).

Heat wave conditions are very likely to occur at isolated places over Jammu division, Vidarbha and Jharkhand on May 14 and 15.

Heat wave conditions very likely to occur at isolated places over Punjab & Haryana-Delhi on 14th & 15th; On 15 May with heat wave conditions over parts of Uttar Pradesh on 14 May.

Heat wave conditions very likely to occur at many parts with severe heat wave conditions at isolated places over Madhya Pradesh on 14th & 15th May and heat wave conditions at some/ isolated parts on 16th & 17th May.

Heat wave conditions are very likely to occur over most parts with severe heat wave conditions over East Rajasthan on May 14 and heat wave conditions at some parts on May 15.

Heat Wave Warnings: Heat wave conditions very likely to occur over most parts of West Rajasthan on 14th with severe heat wave conditions at many parts; Heat wave conditions in many parts with severe heat wave conditions at isolated places over the same region on 15 May.

(with PTI inputs)

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