Red Alert Issued in North India on the Hottest Day This Summer

Wednesday, 18 May was declared as the hottest day of the season even as Tamil Nadu receives heavy rainfall.

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) declared Wednesday, 18 May, as the hottest day of the season.

IMD chief, BP Yadav said that the weather monitoring agency has issued a red alert in south of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh.

These conditions are likely to spread over to some more areas comprising parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat and north Madhya Maharashtra between 17 and 21 May. They are likely to abate gradually during the remaining part of May. The (heat) intensity is likely to reduce thereafter and gradually abate during 27 to 31 May.

The heat wave has claimed 309 lives in Telangana whereas in Odisha, the death toll due to heat conditions reached 19.

Jaisalmer, Barmer, Sriganganagar, Bikaner, Kota and Jaipur recorded maximum of 48.8, 48.6, 48.5, 48.2, 47.9 and 45.8 degrees Celsius respectively, the MeT department said.

Day maximum and night minimum temperatures are likely to remain markedly above normal over entire northwest, west and central India during 17 to 27 May. They are likely to fall to their respective normal or below normal values between 27 May and 1 June.

Meanwhile, several parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry continued to receive rains for three days owing to a depression.

(With PTI inputs.)

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