NEW DELHI :
North-west India may continue to bear the brunt of searing heatwave conditions over the next two days, said India Meteorological Department, as the region awaits the arrival of the southwest monsoon.
The monsoon, which currently lies over East Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, is expected to advance into the north-western region around July 3.
In its latest update, the weather department said the heatwave conditions persist over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, with maximum temperatures rising upto 45°C in some areas. On Sunday, Palam weather station in Delhi recorded the maximum temperature at 44.8°C, and the one at Lodhi Road recorded 43 °C.
The heatwave turned severe in certain isolated pockets in West Uttar Pradesh, where the actual maximum temperature was recorded above 45°C. Maximum temperatures were recorded at 45.1°C or above normal at many places over Uttar Pradesh, at some places in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and East Madhya Pradesh. The highest maximum temperature of 45.1°C was recorded at Churu in West Rajasthan.
According to IMD, the heatwave is likely to persist at isolated areas during the next two days and subsequently subside, as conditions become favourable for the progress of the southwest monsoon July 2 onwards.
The monsoon is likely to advance further into remaining parts of Central India, north-west India and some parts of East Rajasthan during July 1-3, as it gets a push from the low pressure area which was formed over north-east Bay of Bengal on Sunday.
East Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, many parts of West Uttar Pradesh might receive monsoon rains during 2-4 July, as monsoon progresses. It is also likely to make its onset over some parts of Himachal Pradesh during the same period.
As the low pressure system gives push to the monsoon, it would also bring widespread and extreme rainfall over Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha Monday onwards, East Madhya Pradesh on July 2 and 3, and over Telengana on 2 July, said IMD.
The department has issued red warning for heavy rainfall over Odisha, Jharkhand, east Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Vidarbha for the next three days, during which the low pressure system is likely to turn into a depression. The system would move westwards and give the much-needed nudge to the sluggish monsoon over north-west India.