IMD Issues Heatwave Alerts Across India as Temperatures Soar

India faces severe heatwave, with record temperatures in Delhi and Odisha. IMD issues alerts, warns of health risks and impact on agriculture, water, and energy. Precautions advised to avoid heat-related illnesses.

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IMD Issues Heatwave Alerts Across India as Temperatures Soar

IMD Issues Heatwave Alerts Across India as Temperatures Soar

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heatwave alerts for several states, including Maharashtra, Odisha, and West Bengal, while forecasting thunderstorms and cloudy conditions over Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. On Friday, Delhi reached a maximum temperature of 39.4°C, the hottest of the summer so far and three notches above the season's average. The relative humidity oscillated between 27% and 69%.

According to the IMD, severe heatwave conditions are likely to prevail in isolated pockets of Odisha on April 19 and 20, and in Gangetic West Bengal from April 19 to 22. Heatwave conditions are also expected in parts of Odisha, Jharkhand, and Gangetic West Bengal for the next 2-3 days. The weather office has warned of warm night conditions in Odisha and East Uttar Pradesh.

In Odisha, Boudh town recorded the highest temperature of 44.3°C, while Baripada in northern Odisha reached 44.2°C. The state reported its first sunstroke death of the season. The IMD has forecast that heatwave conditions will prevail in Odisha until April 21, after which some relief is expected with the forecast of rains, lightning, thunder, and gusty winds.

Why this matters: The severe heatwave conditions across India have raised concerns about public health and safety, particularly for vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, and outdoor workers. The soaring temperatures also have the potential to impact agriculture, water resources, and energy consumption.

The IMD has also predicted hot and humid weather conditions over parts of South Peninsular India, including Konkan, Goa, North Madhya Maharashtra, Saurashtra, Kutch, Telangana, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Rayalaseema, Kerala, Mahe, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, and Sikkim until April 23. Meanwhile, light to moderate rainfall, snowfall, and thunderstorms are forecast in the northern and northeastern regions of the country until next week.

Delhi is expected to experience strong surface winds, a generally cloudy sky, and drizzle for the next few days, with the maximum temperature likely to hover around 39°C until April 22. The weather office has forecast a partly cloudy sky with strong surface winds for Saturday, with the maximum and minimum temperatures likely to hover around 39°C and 21°C respectively.

As the heatwave conditions persist across several states, the IMD has advised people to take necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. "People are advised to avoid heat exposure, wear lightweight, light-colored, loose cotton clothes and cover the head with a cloth, hat, or umbrella," the IMD said in its advisory.

Key Takeaways

  • IMD issues heatwave alerts for several states, including Maharashtra, Odisha, and WB.
  • Delhi records highest temperature of 39.4°C this summer, 3 notches above average.
  • Severe heatwave conditions likely in Odisha, Gangetic WB; first sunstroke death reported.
  • Heatwave concerns public health, agriculture, water, and energy; IMD advises precautions.
  • Delhi to experience strong winds, cloudy sky, and drizzle for next few days.