Weather updates: 47.4 degrees in Delhi, IMD’s heatwave warnings for these states, Kerala to receive heavy rains | Latest news India

Amid rising temperatures in northern India, the national capital’s maximum temperature touched 47.4 degrees Celsius on Monday, the highest in the country. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red heatwave warning for Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh, forecasting heatwave to severe heatwave conditions to continue for the next five days.

The maximum temperature reached 47.4 degrees Celsius in the national capital on Monday. (File)(AFP)

Heat waves are also expected at some places in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch on May 23.

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Meanwhile, in the southern part of India, three districts in Kerala – Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki – are under a warning for extremely heavy rainfall, with the IMD issuing a “red alert” for Tuesday and Wednesday. Amid incessant rainfall in several parts of the state, the state government on Monday declared that emergency operations are active in all districts due to the possibility of landslides and epidemics.

Moreover, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal are very likely to experience isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall (115.5-204.5 mm) on Tuesday, the weather bureau said, issuing an “orange alert”.

Heat wave updates from all over India

Delhi: Energy demand is peaking

A heat wave in parts of Delhi on Monday pushed peak energy demand in the national capital to its highest level ever recorded in May, according to power distribution company officials quoted by news agency ANI.

In response to the heatwave, the Delhi government has directed private and government-aided schools that had not yet started their summer vacations to do so immediately. The Directorate of Education has issued a circular directing that all schools will begin their summer vacation from May 11 to June 30 this academic year.

Himachal Pradesh: School timings have changed

The Himachal Pradesh state education department has decided to adjust school timings for classes 1 to 12 following a heatwave warning for several districts. Due to the extremely hot weather, a circular has been issued to change the school timings from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm. Local governments can make decisions based on their specific situation.

All staff and teachers have been warned, with instructions to take two breaks and ensure adequate water supplies for students. According to the meteorological center in Shimla, the heatwave is expected to continue in isolated areas in Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Solan, Sirmaur, Kangra and Shimla districts for the next four to five days.

Rajasthan: Man dies due to heat wave in Kota

A man from Uttar Pradesh died due to heatwave in Kota in Rajasthan, news agency PTI reported citing police sources. The body of 44-year-old Mahendra Kushwah, a resident of Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, was discovered near a hotel in Kota’s Dawada on Sunday evening. Police said Kushwah appeared to have succumbed to the heat wave on Sunday.

The intense heat in Rajasthan continued, with the Jaipur Meteorological Center noting that Pilani, located in Jhunjhunu district, was the hottest place in the state, with a maximum temperature of 46.6 degrees Celsius.

Jammu and Kashmir: The hottest day of the season measured in Jammu

Jammu experienced the hottest day of the season on Monday with a maximum temperature of 42.2 degrees Celsius, an official said. In response to the “extremely hot weather conditions”, authorities have adjusted school hours to provide relief for students.

According to PTI, a spokesperson from the met office noted that the maximum temperature in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir was 3.9 degrees above the seasonal average.

The Directorate of School Education, Jammu, ordered change in school timings for the summer zones of the division due to extreme heat. From Monday, all government and private (recognized) schools up to and including higher secondary education will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Noida: Summer vacation declared for classes 9 to 12 in all schools

On Monday, the Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration announced summer vacations for students in classes 9 to 12 in all schools in Noida and Greater Noida due to the severe heat wave.

Summer holidays had already been declared in the district for students in classes up to 8. The IMD reported that Gautam Buddh Nagar reached a maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius on Monday and predicted that the heat wave would continue for the next four days.

(With inputs from ANI, PTI)

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