New Delhi: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday (April 27) predicted heatwave conditions across several parts of India for at least the next five days.
The IMD has issued a “yellow alert” for Delhi. A yellow alert means the weather could change for the worse, and therefore people should be vigilant.
What does “yellow alert” mean?
Different color codes signify the intensity of weather conditions in a specific area. According to the Standard Operating Procedure – Weather Forecast and Warning Services for 2021 provided by IMD, “colour codes are used in weather warnings to emphasize the severity of the expected weather phenomenon”.
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These warnings are primarily intended for administrators to be prepared and position their resources to handle situations resulting from catastrophic weather-related events.
The “yellow alert” means “monitor” and calls on administrators to “be updated”.
Heatwave conditions over northwest India for the next 5 days
In a press release dated April 27, IMD warned of heatwave conditions over eastern, central and northwestern India for the next five days.
The nation’s capital recorded a temperature of 44.2 degrees Celsius at the Siri Fort Complex on Wednesday, the highest this season.
According to the press release, very light isolated rainfall with dust storms or thunderstorms is likely over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh on April 29 and over Rajasthan on April 29-30. april.
Quoting IMD scientist RK Jenamani, a report by news agency ANI said that the temperature will drop from May 1 or 2 and eastern regions of the country will not experience heat wave conditions. from April 30.
According to the IMD, heat wave conditions are most likely to prevail in isolated pockets over Vidarbha, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh over the next five days; Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Inner Gangetic West Bengal and Inner Odisha from April 27-30; Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi from April 28 to May 1; Bihar from April 27 to 29; Chhattisgarh April 28-30; and northern parts of Gujarat on April 27-28.
The IMD added that a maximum temperature increase of about two degrees Celsius is very likely in most parts of northwestern India over the next three days. Thereafter, the maximum temperature will decrease by about two degrees Celsius.
On April 26, high temperatures of 40 to 42 degrees Celsius were observed in parts of eastern Rajasthan, western Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and southern Madhya Pradesh, among others.
This year, northwest India recorded the hottest March in 122 years, so much so that the average maximum temperature surpassed the previous record of 30.67 degrees Celsius in 2004.