Heatwave alert issued for parts of Rajasthan, temperature to cross 45°C
The weather office on Friday issued a heatwave warning in several areas of Rajasthan's Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions for the next two days, during which the maximum temperature could soar above 45 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature breached 44 degrees Celsius at a few places in the Jodhpur division on Thursday and could rise by another 1-2 degrees in the next 48 hours, according to the Meteorological (MeT) Centre Jaipur.
The scorching heat during the day has affected normal life in some parts of the state, with people experiencing heat stroke symptoms, it said.
Most parts of Jodhpur and Bikaner in western Rajasthan are likely to reel under a heat wave from May 12-13, during which the maximum temperature could likely soar above 45 degrees Celsius, a weather department official said.
Most parts of eastern Rajasthan could witness the mercury hovering between 42 to 44 degrees Celsius in the next two days, he added.
However, the temperatures are expected to recede from Monday, with the development of a new western disturbance in the region, the official said.
The Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions and Shekhawati region are likely to experience strong thunderstorms along with gusty winds during the afternoon from May 13-14 due to the western disturbance, he added.
The official said an increase in thunderstorms and rain on May 15-16 could lead to a dip of 2-3 degrees Celsius in the mercury, bringing respite to the residents of western Rajasthan.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Barmer remained the hottest place on Thursday in the state with a high of 44.4 degrees Celsius. The mercury touched 44.1 degrees Celsius in Jaisalmer and 44 degrees Celsius in Jalore. Meanwhile, Phalodi recorded a high of 43.6 degrees Celsius, and Tonk-Bikaner 43.5 degrees Celsius.