IMD Issues Heatwave Alert for Multiple States Till April 20, Rainfall Expected in Northern Regions

The weather department further specified that heatwave conditions are expected in isolated pockets of Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal from April 16 to 20

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has raised concerns with a heatwave alert spanning multiple states until April 20, cautioning residents to brace for scorching temperatures throughout the week. While some regions grapple with the heat, the weather agency has also issued warnings for rainfall and thunderstorms in several northern states.

In its latest forecast, the IMD outlined that heatwave conditions are anticipated to persist over parts of Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Konkan, Saurashtra and Kutch, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, and Telangana over the next five days.

IMD advised the public to take precautionary measures such as avoiding heat exposure, wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose cotton clothing, covering the head, and utilizing cloths, hats, or umbrellas for protection. Heatwave conditions are declared when the maximum temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius or higher for plains and 30 degrees Celsius or higher for hilly regions.

The weather department further specified that heatwave conditions are expected in isolated pockets of Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal from April 16 to 20; northern Konkan, Saurashtra, and Kutch from Tuesday to Wednesday; coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam on Wednesday to Thursday; and Telangana from Tuesday to Thursday.

A heatwave warning has also been issued by the MeT for southern districts of West Bengal until April 20, with daytime temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius in the region. The affected areas include South and North 24 Parganas, Purba and Paschim Bardhaman, Purba and Paschim Medinipur, Purulia, Jhargram, Birbhum, Murshidabad, and Bankura districts, enduring heatwave conditions until the week’s end.

While southern and eastern states grapple with scorching temperatures, northern regions are expected to experience relief with a fresh spell of rain. The IMD predicts isolated to scattered rains accompanied by thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds over multiple states including Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan from April 18 to 20. Delhi and other NCR cities are forecasted to witness cloudy skies and cool winds on April 17.

Additionally, RWFC Delhi anticipates a partly cloudy sky and strong surface winds for the national capital on April 18, with a possibility of very light rain accompanied by thunderstorms and gusty winds on April 19. As weather patterns fluctuate across the country, residents are advised to stay updated on local forecasts and heed precautionary measures to mitigate the impact of extreme weather conditions.

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