Hot weather warning issued for Odisha, Tamil Nadu; heavy rain in Assam

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a five-day hot weather warning for Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry from Tuesday to Saturday, during which temperatures are likely to soar. Meanwhile, parts of Assam and Meghalaya are expected to receive heavy rain on Tuesday and Thursday.

According to the IMD’s regional centre in Bhubaneswar, the Odisha state capital recorded a maximum temperature of 39.4 degrees Celsius on Monday, a sharp escalation since the previous day’s maximum of 33 degrees.

The minimum settled at 25 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal.

Meanwhile, Jharsuguda and Baripada were the hottest at 40.4 degrees Celsius, followed by Bolangir at 40.3 degrees Celsius, the regional centre said in a bulletin on Monday evening.

Boudh, Nayagarh, Bhawanipatna, Talcher and Titlagarh recorded a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius. Cuttack’s maximum temperature stood at 39.4 degrees.

The rise in temperatures until Saturday is due to prevailing northwesterly dry air and high solar insolation, the PTI news agency reported, citing the IMD regional centre.

The minimum temperatures will also see a gradual rise by two to three degrees Celsius. In coastal districts, the minimum is expected to settle around 25 to 27 degrees Celsius, while interior areas are expected to record between 24 and 26 degrees.

The IMD’s national weather bulletin issued on Tuesday also warned against heatwave conditions that were likely to prevail in parts of Karnataka from Tuesday to Saturday; Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal from Wednesday to Saturday; and Jharkhand from Thursday to Saturday.

On Monday, areas in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu recorded maximum temperatures which were above normal by at least 2–3 degrees.

The minimum temperature in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar saw an increase above normal by 3-5 degrees.

Meanwhile, regions in Assam and Meghalaya are expected to receive heavy rain on Tuesday and Thursday due to the influence of a cyclonic circulation above northwest Assam.

On Sunday night, three people, including two children, died after a boat capsized in the Brahmaputra River due to heavy rainfall and storm.

Around 20 people were rescued from the capsized boat.

Also on Sunday, a portion of ceiling at the Guwahati airport collapsed due to heavy rainfall, while six flights were also diverted.

The cyclonic circulation above northwest Assam is also likely to trigger heavy rain and snow in Arunachal Pradesh from Tuesday to Saturday, the IMD bulletin added.

Due to a Western Disturbance, moderate rain and snow is expected in the Western Himalayan Region in the next seven days, while Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are likely to be hit by thunderstorms and lightning starting from Wednesday to Friday.

(With inputs from PTI)

Published By:

Karishma Saurabh Kalita

Published On:

Apr 2, 2024

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