Red alert for heat wave in Delhi, Haryana; Orange alert issued for heavy rain in Kerala Check the IMD forecast


The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday issued a red alert for heat wave till May 28 in several northern and northwestern states including Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana.

The meteorological agency has also issued an orange alert for “very heavy rain” in three districts of Kerala. Scorched by heavy pre-monsoon rains, the southern state has received more than 200 mm of rain in the last 24 hours.

An orange alert, indicating heavy rainfall of 11 cm to 20 cm, has been issued for Pathanamthitta, Kottayam and Idukki districts.

IMD forecast for heat wave

The Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for “severe heatwave” conditions till May 28 in most parts of Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

A red alert for “severe heat wave” has also been issued for western Uttar Pradesh from May 26 to 28.

Isolated pockets of West Madhya Pradesh are likely to witness a “severe heat wave” till May 26 and a severe heat wave is forecast for Gujarat today.

The IMD's heat wave forecast for the national capital on May 25 coincides with the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, during which all seven parliamentary seats in Delhi will be contested. Delhi is expected to see a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

Five deaths from suspected heat stroke were reported in Rajasthan on Thursday. Five peacocks were also found dead in Kherthal district, an official told news agency PTI.

IMD scientist Naresh Kumar told PTI that a red alert has been issued in Rajasthan and Haryana, and an orange alert has been issued in Punjab.

“Temperatures in NCR-Delhi have come down slightly in the last two days. However, we predict that the temperature will still remain around 43 to 44 degrees Celsius. People should avoid this,” he said. Care should be taken.”

IMD forecast for rain

A cyclonic circulation over South Kerala is likely to bring isolated heavy to very heavy rains over Kerala and Mahe on May 24, the Meteorological Department said. An Orange Alert has been issued.

Due to heavy rain in Kerala, water has accumulated in several areas, while vehicles were also damaged after an uprooted tree in Thrissur's St. Thomas Road area.

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Revenue Minister K Rajan said that some parts of Kerala have received more than 20 cm of rain in the last 24 hours. He also said that 11 people lost their lives in the state due to recent rain-related incidents.

“Six lost their lives in various drowning incidents, two fell into water-filled mines, two were killed by lightning and one person died in a wall collapse,” he said.

Kerala is also likely to witness thundershowers, lightening and rain with gusty winds of 30-40 kmph in the next two days.

Lakshadweep, Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Rayalaseema, and Telangana are also likely to receive light to moderate rain with thundershowers.

The meteorological agency has also forecast light to moderate rain over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the next seven days, with isolated heavy rain likely from May 23 to 25.

Light to moderate rain with thundershowers and gusty winds are forecast over Konkan, Goa and Vidarbha from May 24 to 26.

Light to moderate rain is likely over Marathwada, Madhya Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh today.

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Published: May 24, 2024, 03:08 PM IST

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