A day after Rajasthan’s Phalodi recorded the country’s highest temperature of over 51 degrees centigrade; the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday predicted thunderstorms and drizzling in the next two days.
Talking to ANI, IMD Director B.P. Yadav said, “There has been a gradual decrease in temperature in the last two days. The temperature had increased severely on May 17 and 18. In Delhi, the temperature had crossed 45 degree Celsius. These places have experienced a temperature drop. This drop in temperature in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi/NCR, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh is due to easterly winds.”
“Presently, there is no heat wave in Punjab and Delhi NCR areas but it continues to prevail in Rajasthan, temperature is around 47-48 degree Celsius. In the coming four days, temperature will remain the same,” he added.
“We are expecting a western disturbance on May 23 and 24 with dust storm, thunderstorm and drizzling,” he added.
Several parts of the country are reeling under intense heat while the MeT department has predicted that the onset of monsoon will get delayed by six days.
According to the MeT department, southwest monsoon hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands two days before its normal date but a cyclone in Bay of Bengal is likely to ‘weaken’ its progress which will result in delay of its onset in Kerala.