New Delhi May 28th
The scorching heatwave and maximum temperatures are likely to recede from today across North India, which is reeling under a severe heatwave, the India Meteorological Department said.
“Under the influence of a western disturbance and an east-west trough and likely occurrence of rain/thunderstorm from May 28-30, maximum temperatures over plains of north India likely to recede from May 28 onwards with a substantial reduction of heatwave conditions from May 29,” the IMD said.
The maximum temperature in Churu, which had recorded 50 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, was 49.6 degrees, followed by 48.9 degrees in Ganganagar and Bikaner districts of Rajasthan. Bathinda in Punjab recorded 47.5 degrees Celsius, while it was 47.2 degrees in Delhi.
IMD said that the Western disturbance currently lies over northeast Afghanistan and adjoining Pakistan at 5.8 kilometers above mean sea level.
Western disturbance is a cyclonic circulation that originates in the Mediterranean Sea. Traversing central Asia, it brings rains to the hills and plains when it comes in contact with the Himalayas.
On the progress of the southwest monsoon, the IMD said it had further advanced into some more parts of the South Bay of Bengal, most parts of the Andaman Sea and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands.
“Conditions are becoming favorable for further advance of southwest monsoon into some parts of Maldives-Comorin area and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea, remaining parts of the Andaman Sea and some more parts of south and the central Bay of Bengal during next 48 hours,” it added.
Last Sunday, the IMD had issued a red color-coded alert for north India for May 25-26 when the prevailing heatwave conditions were on a peak. The red warning had been issued to caution people not to step out from 1 PM to 5 PM.
The IMD issues color-coded warnings depending on the intensity of any weather system in ascending order – green, yellow, orange, and red.