IMD issues 'Red Alert' for heat wave over the northern and western regions
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 17-Apr-2017

New Delhi, April 17: The Met department has issued a red alert for the next 2 to 3 days over Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. The temperature to cross 40 degrees this week and heatwave continue to prevail till the weekend said Meteorological Department on Monday. The department has also issued a thunderstorm warning over Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya.

Mumbai too is reeling under heat wave condition as a few regions have recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. The reason behind heatwave is said to be the upper air anticyclone over Gujarat region which is bringing in warm and dry north easterly winds. In Mumbai, temperature is continuing to play see-saw. V.K Rajeev, director of IMD’s Mumbai regional centre said though the day temperature is soaring but night temperature is still on the lower side and so there are chances that Mumbai may escape the scorching heat.

The IMD said, the heat wave is the result of an anti-cyclone over Pakistan and western Rajasthan, the impact of which is being felt across the northern plains. Delhi today woke up to a hot morning in the national capital though the humidity level stayed at a moderate level. The MeT Department has forecast a clear sky and the maximum temperature will hover around 41 degrees Celsius.

The mercury has gone up in Haryana and Chandigarh. Our correspondent reports that normal life has been affected due to temperatures that still above normal. In Odisha heavy rain accompanied by strong wind, thunder squalls and lightning, lashed many parts of Odisha including the capital Bhubaneswar last evening.

Meanwhile, Heavy rain with thunder squalls occurred in several places including Bhubaneswar, Khurda, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar districts. There is no report of casualty or injury and loss of properties. Most parts of interior and Western Odisha witnessed blistering heat and Bolangir town recording highest temperature of 44 degree Celsius. Met department predicts under the influence of Cyclonic Storm, Maarutha, which lay centred over east central Bay of Bengal, may trigger rains or thundershowers in the state.