New Delhi: With heat wave like conditions persisting in the National Capital, the maximum temperature is likely to touch 46 degrees Celsius on Thursday.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, there will no respite for the people of Delhi in the days ahead either, with the weather conditions likely to remain the same till next Wednesday.
For Thursday, the weather office has predicted severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets of East Uttar Pradesh. It has also forecast heat wave conditions in most parts, with severe heat wave in isolated pockets over West Rajasthan and Vidarbha.
Heat wave conditions are also expected in some parts over west Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Marathwada and in isolated pockets of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, east Rajasthan, east Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, central Maharashtra, interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
The maximum temperature in Delhi is expected to cross 46 degrees Celsius soon, private forecaster Skymet said on Wednesday, while predicting the heat wave conditions to continue for up to 12 days in north, central and western parts of the country.
Chandrapur in Maharashtra was the hottest place in the country on Wednesday as mercury rose to 47.8 degrees Celsius, it said.
The day temperature in Delhi on Wednesday was 42 degrees Celsius, it said.
"Temperature in Delhi will cross 46 degrees Celsius soon since there is no pre-monsoon activity and whatever western disturbances are there, are feeble. There are no chances of rains. It will keep temperature high for 10-12 days," said Mahesh Palawat, Director at Skymet.
Meanwhile, thunderstorm and dust storm is expected in some parts of Rajasthan. Also, rains are likely in southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
The IMD said widespread rainfall was "very likely" over Andaman & Nicobar during the next four days.
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