After a brief respite, the northwestern and central areas of the country were once again engulfed in a heatwave on Saturday, with temperatures reaching above 44 degrees Celsius in various towns and cities.
Heatwave conditions are expected to continue for the next two to three days in Rajasthan, Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Vidarbha, south Uttar Pradesh, and north Madhya Pradesh, according to the weather office.
The India Meteorological Department warned that “strong surface winds with speeds of 30-40 kmph were highly likely over Rajasthan and northwest Madhya Pradesh on June 4-5.”
On Friday, Chandrapur in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha area recorded the greatest maximum temperature of 46.4 degrees Celsius, while at least 40 cities and towns throughout the country reported maximum temperatures of 44 degrees or above.
The maximum temperature in most parts of northwest and central India is predicted to rise by two degrees Celsius, according to the weather office.
Due to the lack of thunderstorms caused by western disturbances or extra-tropical weather systems during the pre-monsoon months of March-May, temperatures in regions of northwest and central India have stayed high.