The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued a Red alert for Rajasthan amid an unrelenting heat wave.
"We have issued Red Alert for Rajasthan for an intense spell of the heat wave, and a Yellow alert for tomorrow. Similarly, we have issued an Orange alert for Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, eastern Madhya Pradesh and Delhi," said a senior scientist at IMD, Naresh Kumar.
"Yesterday, 48.8-degree Celcius temperature was reported from parts of the eastern Uttar Pradesh and Delhi also crossed 47 degrees Celsius. The temperature crossed 48 degrees in Rajasthan,” he said.
"Talking in general, most parts of Northwest India, including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have experienced heat wave to severe heat wave conditions yesterday. Vidarbha also experienced the heat wave conditions," Kumar said.
Regarding the weather, he predicted the approaching western disturbance is likely to affect Northwest India. "The clouds are observed at some parts of Jammu and Kashmir from today, itself. So, we can expect a significant decrease in the temperatures after 24 hours, which will eventually decrease the condition of 'severe heat wave in northwest India, specifically, Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan."
The weather conditions in the aforesaid state are likely to improve from Monday.
"In Madhya Pradesh, the heat wave will continue for the next 2-3 days but with decreased intensity. In Uttar Pradesh also, we are expecting a severe heat wave today and a heat wave tomorrow (Monday) and thereafter await (for the development in weather) due to western disturbances," he added.