Amid the ongoing heatwave, New Delhi witnessed a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius on Friday, 20 May. Parts of Delhi NCR also received light rainfall, providing some relief from the scorching heat that has gripped the capital over the last few weeks.
The maximum temperature in Gurgaon on Friday was 46 degrees Celsius, while in Noida it was 43.9 degrees Celsius.
UP's Jhansi and Rajasthan's Jaisalmer meanwhile recorded maximum temperatures of 48 and 49 degrees Celsius respectively, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Najafgarh, on the other hand, saw a maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius, while Uttar Pradesh's Banda recorded 47 degrees Celsius.
Fresh Rainfall, Lightning, and Thunderstorms Expected in the North
The IMD has also issued an orange alert for the northeast states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya till 21 May. A yellow alert has been issued for Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, and Tripura till 21 May.
Showers, thunderstorms, heavy winds, hailstorms, and lightning are expected to occur in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttarakhand, TWC predicted.
These showers are likely to impact some regions of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab on Friday and Saturday. Dust storms are also expected to occur in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Friday.
Once different regions are hit with rainfall, "the maximum temperatures will fall by 2-4°C for the subsequent three days," the TWC said.
A 'yellow watch' remains over Tamil Nadu till Sunday as a preparedness measure amidst the heavy downpour.