With Rains In Delhi And Other Parts Of North India, Scorching Heatwave Gets A Breather
The Logical Indian Crew India
June 13th, 2019 / 11:45 AM
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New Delhi, which recorded a maximum temperature of 48 degree Celsius experienced duststorm and light rains on 11 June, bringing down the temperature by a notch. Despite light showers in Delhi, heatwave conditions are likely to prevail across Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Delhi, which usually witnesses 8.6 mm of rain in the initial 10 days of June has hardly seen any rain this entire year. The maximum temperature of the season is often recorded in the last week of May, as June usually has more days with rains.
Rains Expected In Delhi, Bringing Respite From The Severe Heatwave
As per the private forecaster Skymet, it is anticipated that rains will continue till Thursday, bringing down the mercury level to 40-43 degree Celsius. The light rains are expected to bring some relief from the massive heatwave.
On Tuesday, the highest temperature recorded was 44 degrees Celsius, which was a considerable drop from 48 degree Celsius on the previous day when Delhi broke the previous record of the hottest day in the month of June.
As monsoons have arrived, there will be fewer chances of heatwave prevailing in Delhi as westerly dry winds will end and easterly winds filled with moisture will enter the northern region.
Scorching Heatwave In Northern India With Mercury Levels At An All-Time High
Constant dry weather, the unusual gap between western disturbances and westerly winds were some of the reasons for the heat wave, across North India, especially Delhi.
Heatwave conditions persisted in Delhi on June 9, with the mercury rising up to 46.2 degrees Celsius. It later crossed the 45-degree mark on June 10 which affected Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh etc.
A heat wave is announced when the maximum temperature measures above 45 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days.
Due to the massive heatwave in Northern Parts Of India, tourism business in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra has taken a dip and mercury reached 47 degrees Celsius mark in some parts of Agra.
On June 9, Allahabad recorded to be the hottest city in the state with the mercury level touching 47.7 degree Celsius, which was seven degrees above the normal.
While in Kanpur it was 45.1 degrees, Varanasi recorded a temperature of 45 degree Celsius.
Sri Ganganagar, Churu and Kota in Rajasthan, were the hottest places in the state with their mercury levels reaching to 50-degree Celsius.
Other cities in the state like Bikaner, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur recorded high temperatures of 48.1, 47 and 46.2 degree Celsius, respectively.
High Temperatures Led To Water Crisis In Madhya Pradesh
With temperatures crossing all records across India, people in some areas indulged in a feud over access to water. In Madhya Pradesh, police authorities were deployed to escort water tankers.
Several efforts were made to distribute water to areas most affected by the heat wave, but the paucity of water led to many conflicts especially in the rural areas.
Heatwave Now A Trend Every Year?
A week back, 11 of the 15 hottest places in the world were in India, while the rest were in neighbouring Pakistan. Last year, India was the sixth-warmest since the year 1901 and since the year 2004, the country has seen 11 of the 15 warmest years. The trend of frequent heat waves in the country is a part of the climate crisis that is taking over the planet.
Written by : Navya Singh
Edited by : Bharat Nayak