North, central India reel under heatwave, monsoon advances in Kerala

North, central India reel under heatwave, monsoon advances in Kerala
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There was no relief from the heatwave conditions in north and central regions of India even as monsoon advanced in the southern state of Kerala on Sunday.

The national capital reeled under scorching conditions asthe maximum temperature settled at 43.8 degrees Celsius, four notches above theseason's average. The IMD has forecast heatwave conditions for Monday as wellin the city with clear skies.

The weatherman has warned that heatwave conditions willprevail in north and central India next week, and predicted "severeheatwave" in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan over the nexttwo days.

On Sunday, Sri Ganganagar in western Rajasthan was thehottest place in the country at 48.5 degrees Celsius, while Churu and Kotadistricts of the state followed close behind, recording a maximum temperatureof 48.3 degrees Celsius each.

Heatwave conditions continued in Punjab and Haryana asNarnaul (Haryana) settled at 47 degrees, four notches above normal limits,while Bhiwani and Hisar also sizzled at 45.9 degrees Celsius and 45.3 degreesCelsius, respectively.

Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two states, recorded amaximum temperature of 42.7 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a hot day at 44 degreesCelsius, four notches above normal. Ludhiana and Patiala also recorded fournotches above normal maximum temperature at 44 degrees Celsius and 44.4 degreesCelsius, respectively.

Dry weather conditions prevailed in Uttar Pradesh with statecapital Lucknow recording a maximum temperature of 43.1 degrees Celsius, threedegrees above normal.

Allahabad was the hottest city in the state, where themercury settled at 47.7 degrees Celsius, seven notches above the normal. Kanpurrecorded a high of 45.1 degrees Celsius, while in Varanasi it was 45 degreesCelsius.

Jammu reeled under heatwave conditions, recording a high of43.1 degrees Celsius, while in the hill state of Himachal Pradesh heatwaveconditions prevailed, despite rains in isolated parts in the Saturday evening.

Kalpa received 4 mm rain, followed by Dalhousie at 3 mm,Kufri at 1 mm and Bhuntar at 0.6 mm.

Una continued to be the hottest place in the state withmaximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, in the southern state of Kerala, there wasmoderate rainfall in several parts of the state on Sunday, a day after monsoonarrived, even as a low pressure area formed over the Arabian Sea.

The Meteorological Department said the low pressure wasexpected to intensify into a depression in the next two days and subsequently,into a cyclone.

The weather report also predicted heavy to very heavyrainfall (115.6-204.4 mm) in isolated places of northern Malappuram andKozhikode on June 12.

After a delay of a week, the monsoon hit the Kerala coast onSaturday, marking the official commencement of the four-month rainfall seasonin the country. This has also delayed its arrival in different parts of thecountry.A delay in the arrival of monsoon has pushed thecountry's rainfall deficiency in the first nine days of June to 45 per cent,the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

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