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Business News/ News / India/  Orange alert issued for heatwave in Odisha, Bengal; Yellow for UP, Bihar | See IMD full forecast
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Orange alert issued for heatwave in Odisha, Bengal; Yellow for UP, Bihar | See IMD full forecast

On Saturday, several parts of Odisha experienced heat wave, with temperatures hovering between 44 and 45°C

A child covering face with clothes to protect herself from heat wave on a hot summer day at Esplanade in Kolkata (Hindustan Times)Premium
A child covering face with clothes to protect herself from heat wave on a hot summer day at Esplanade in Kolkata (Hindustan Times)

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued an orange alert for heat wave for Odisha and West Bengal for the next two days. While a yellow alert for heatwave has been issued for Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu for the next five days.

The Met department, in its recent release, said, "Heat Wave conditions very likely to prevail in many/some parts of Gangetic West Bengal on 20-21 April, in some parts of Odisha on 20 April and gradually abate from 21 April"

The IMD also predicted heat wave conditions in isolated pockets over Jharkhand and Bihar during 20-24 April.

For east Uttar Pradesh and interior Tamil Nadu, the IMD forecasted heat wave on April 20.

A severe heat wave warning has also been issued for isolated pockets of Odisha on 20 April and Gangetic West Bengal on 20-21 April.

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On Saturday, several parts of Odisha experienced heat wave, with temperatures hovering  between 44 and 45°C in Mayurbhanj, Boudh, Keonjhar, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Nuapada, Sundargarh, and Jharsuguda over the next 24 hours.

IMD Bhubaneswar director Manorama Mohanty told ANI that over the last four to five days, heat wave has been prevailing in vast swathes of Odisha. "The condition will persist over the next two to three days."

"In 27 cities, the maximum temperature was recorded at more than 41°C. We have issued a heatwave warning for some areas over the next 24 hours. On April 21, the heatwave condition will continue to prevail mostly in coastal and interior Odisha," she added.

By definition, a heat wave is a period of abnormally hot weather.

It is a prolonged period of excessively hot weather, typically with high temperatures and often accompanied by high humidity. 

A heat wave is usually measured relative to the usual climate in the area and normal temperatures for the season.

The Met department also forecasted “hot and humid" weather over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal and Kerala and Mahe during 20-24 April.

 

 

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Published: 20 Apr 2024, 10:22 PM IST
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