As the summer sun intensifies its scorching grip across the Indian subcontinent, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issues a forecast that spells a challenging scenario for several states

In a recent advisory, the IMD has warned of an impending heatwave set to engulf Delhi, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh, exacerbating the already sweltering conditions in these regions.

Here's a breakdown of the areas and the corresponding time frames of impact:

  • From May 15 to 18, West Rajasthan will be hit by the heatwave.
  • Starting from May 16 and extending to May 18, West Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, East Rajasthan, and South Haryana are expected to experience intense heat.
  • East Uttar Pradesh is forecasted to be under the grip of the heatwave on May 16 and 17.
  • On May 17 and 18, Northwest Madhya Pradesh and Bihar are likely to face soaring temperatures.
  • Moreover, Saurashtra and Kutch regions are poised to endure hot and humid conditions persistently for the next five days.

While the northern and western parts brace themselves for the heatwave onslaught, a contrasting scenario awaits South peninsular India. Heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds are anticipated until May 17 in this region. Moreover, the IMD anticipates the southwest monsoon's advancement into the South Andaman Sea, parts of the Southeast Bay of Bengal, and the Nicobar Islands around May 19, signaling a shift in weather patterns.

As per the reports, the temperature across Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi/NCR is expected to climb to alarming levels, between May 17 and 19.  The mercury is expected to reach 44°C in many areas, potentially triggering 'loo' conditions. Cities such as Amritsar, Jalandhar, Bathinda, and several others are likely to be affected. Some regions may also record temperatures above 45°C. 

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), light to moderate rainfall, along with thunderstorms, lightning, and squally winds, is predicted for Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra until May 18. Similarly, Gujarat, Bihar, and Jharkhand are also anticipated to experience light to moderate rainfall and thunderstorms on Tuesday.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has responded to the persistent severe weather conditions by issuing a yellow alert for Mumbai. Residents are cautioned to prepare for further heavy rainfall and strong winds in the forthcoming days. Meanwhile, Gujarat is anticipated to endure continued adverse weather patterns, with forecasts indicating the likelihood of light rains and thunderstorms across various districts over the next three days.

While the contrasting weather patterns paint a picture of the country's diverse climatic conditions, the IMD underscores the importance of preparedness and resilience in the face of such meteorological fluctuations.  

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