Heatwave conditions very likely in central, north India over next two days: IMD
India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday predicted heatwave conditions in central and north India over the next two days.
The weather department said that heatwave conditions in isolated places are very likely over Rajasthan, Jammu Division, Himachal, Uttarakhand, south Punjab, south Haryana, and Delhi on June 4 and 5.
Similar conditions are expected to prevail over Vidarbha, Jharkhand, interior Odisha and Chhattisgarh during June 4 and 6 and over south UP and north MP during June 4 and 8, added the IMD.
Yesterday, a heatwave saw the mercury breach the 45-degree Celsius mark in parts of Delhi and it is likely to get worse on the weekend.
At the Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi's base station, the maximum temperature settled at 42.9 degrees Celsius as against 42 degrees Celsius on Thursday and 41.9 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.
The maximum temperature at Mungeshpur (45.5 degrees Celsius) and Pitampura (45.6 degrees Celsius) settled five notches above normal.
The automatic weather stations at Sports Complex and Najafgarh recorded a maximum temperature of 45.7 degrees Celsius and 45.6 degrees Celsius.
A heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal.
A severe heatwave is declared if the departure from normal temperature is more than 6.4 notches, according to the IMD.
Based on absolute recorded temperatures, a heatwave is declared when an area logs a maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius.
A severe heatwave is declared if the maximum temperature crosses the 47-degree Celsius mark.