An intense heat wave scorched parts of northern India on Sunday with places in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh registering 49 degrees Celsius and higher, while the weather bureau warned of heavy rain in Kerala and issued a red alert for five districts.
In Delhi, the Safdarjung observatory recorded 45.6 degrees Celsius, while two meteorological stations in Mungeshpur, northwest Delhi, and Najafgarh, southwest Delhi, recorded 49.2 and 49.1 degrees Celsius, respectively.
The temperature in Safdarjung was the highest this season.
Banda district in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest daytime temperature of 49 degrees Celsius, the highest in the state.
According to data from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), this was the hottest temperature ever recorded in Banda in May. The previous maximum temperature in the district was 48.8 degrees Celsius on May 31, 1994.
Churu and Pilani in Rajasthan reported maximum temperatures of 47.9 and 47.7 degrees Celsius, respectively, followed by Sri Ganganagar and Jhansi (47.6), Narnaul (47.5), Khajuraho and Nowgong (47.4), and Hissar (47.2), said the IMD.
The meteorological office said the maximum temperature was markedly above normal (5.1 degrees or more) in several places in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Bihar.
The IMD said maximum temperatures were considerably above normal (3.1 degrees C to 5.0 degrees C) in many places in West Uttar Pradesh, East Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh.
The meteorological office said that under the influence of a western disturbance, dust storms and thunderstorms were expected over the northern parts of Punjab and Haryana on Monday, while a light dust storm was likely over the remaining parts of Punjab, Haryana , western Uttar Pradesh and in isolated pockets. from Delhi NCR.
While northern India faced high temperatures, most of the southern peninsula experienced heavy rain with Kerala and Lakshadweep reporting heavy spells of 52.2mm and 57.7mm on Sunday respectively.
The IMD issued a heavy rain warning in Kerala and issued a red alert for five districts: Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kozhikode.
According to the weather bureau, Ernakulam had reported 122.2mm of rain on Sunday, 13 times more than the normal 8.3mm for the day. Kollam reported 113.6mm of rain followed by Thiruvananthapuram (109.1mm), Alappuzha (97.4mm), Pattanamita (85.1mm), Thrissur (81.6mm) and Kottayam (74.3mm) .
The meteorological office has forecast the early onset of the monsoon over Kerala for May 27, five days earlier than the normal date of June 1.
“Southwest Monsoon is likely to move into the southern Andaman Sea, the Nicobar Islands and the adjacent southeast Bay of Bengal over the next 24 hours,” the weather office said.