The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its latest forecast on Saturday that the heatwave is expected to continue for another two days across India’s northwest and central belt. The meteorological department had previously forecast that the heatwave will continue till June 15 in Delhi and its neighboring areas.
According to the IMD, the heat wave is expected to affect parts of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. These areas have already been reeling under heat conditions for the past few days, although the area of impact has been slightly lower.
The maximum temperature was recorded at 43.8 degrees Celsius on Saturday, four degrees above normal, while the minimum temperature was 29.7 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal, the Met Office said.
At the same time, at least 22 towns and cities in these states have reported temperatures above 44 degrees Celsius, while UP’s Banda is the hottest place in the country at 46.2 degrees Celsius.
The IMD says the heat wave, which has been underway since June 2, is due to the onset of hot and dry western winds. Senior IMD scientist RK Jenamani said maximum temperatures in the Delhi-NCR and other parts of northwestern India will be slightly bearable, with temperatures dropping at some point during the weekend.
However, until June 15 there is no possibility of any major relief. Humid winds are expected in the region from June 16.
Meanwhile, pre-monsoon activity is expected from June 12 in East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Between June 16 and June 22, maximum temperatures are likely to remain “below normal,” IMD said in an extended range forecast.
“There are no significant heat waves in any part of the country during the week (June 16-June 22),” it added.