Record-breaking heat: Temperature crosses 44 degrees mark in 10 states; Sri Ganganagar records 49.6 degrees for the first time in 85 years

The temperature crossed 44 degree Celsius mark on Friday in 10 states of the country.

These include Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Telangana and Maharashtra.

In the Sri Ganganagar of Rajasthan, the highest temperature  was recorded at 49.6 degrees for the first time in 85 years. Earlier, in June 1934, the temperature was recorded 50 degree. Meanwhile, the maximum temperature in Jammu was 44 degree Celsius.

Red category alert for NCR

The weather officials have sounded a “red category” alert for the National Capital Region (NCR) and several states around it to warn people to brace for severely hot weather until Saturday. The national capital on Friday recorded 46.6°C, more than 6°C than what is normal.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) uses a colour-coded scale — green, yellow, amber and red — to denote the severity of weather condition, with red being the most extreme.

Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, west and east Uttar Pradesh, parts of Rajasthan and Vidarbha are covered by the red warning, IMD said on Friday.

No relief from heat

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), there will be no relief from the heat on Saturday. Most parts of country will remain in grip of severe heat wave .

On Sunday, there is a possibility of a storm of 40-50 km per hour speed in Delhi along with Haryana, Chandigarh, West UP.

The Meteorological Department has issued Yellow Alert in Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab, Eastern UP and Rajasthan for the next two days.

17 die in Telangana

In the south and west states of Telangana, Maharashtra’s Vidarbha and Karnataka, the people heat wave is severe. As many as 17 deaths have been reported in 22 days in Telangana.

The temperature is rising rapidly due to the absence of dry wind from the west.

No pre-monsoon activity

Skymet weather scientist Mahesh Palawat said that no strong Western disturbance is developing yet. The wind is coming from the west and the incidents of pre-monsoon have not been happening for the last 5 days. This is the reason that the temperature is increasing rapidly and the amount of moisture in the air is very low.

In extreme heat conditions, there is a very high likelihood of heat illness and heat stroke for people of all ages, the IMD’s health warning associated with the red category said. Even for orange category warning, the advice is to limit exposure to such conditions.

“North-westerly winds are blowing which are dry and warm. There is no weather system that can bring rainfall except for a very feeble western disturbance which may lower temperatures in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh in a couple of days but not in the plains. Heat waves will continue in the plains,” said M Mohapatra, IMD’s director general of meteorology.

“Even if the maximum temperature doesn’t rise further in these places, because the heat is persistent, we have to issue a red category warning,” he added.