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Scorching heat grips the whole of North India, several states announce school holidays; Rain warning in Kerala

Much of northern India, including Haryana and Delhi, is in the grip of intense heat. The scorching heat disrupts daily life and forces people to stay indoors. Several state governments have declared holidays in schools. On Monday, Delhi’s Najafgarh again recorded the highest temperature in the country, with a maximum of 47.4 degrees Celsius.

This was the third instance in the past four days when Najafgarh was the hottest area. Temperatures crossed 45 degrees Celsius in most parts of Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh.

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The Meteorological Department (IMD) said that several places in Haryana and Delhi experienced severe heatwave conditions on Monday. Heatwaves also occurred in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, as well as some areas of Punjab, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Due to the severe heat wave in Delhi, a red alert has been issued for the next five days.

Sirsa 47.2 degrees
No 46.8 degrees
Ganganagar 46.3 degrees
Faridabad 46.2 degrees
Barmer 46.1 degrees
Ratlam 45.5 degrees

Holiday declared in many states:

Several state governments have declared holidays for schools and asked them to adopt online learning options. Schools in Delhi, which have not yet announced summer holidays, have been asked to close immediately due to the unbearable heat.

The Punjab government has also announced summer vacations for all government, aided and private schools from May 21 to June 30 due to extreme heat. In Himachal Pradesh, the Directorate of Higher Education has ordered a change in school timings in several districts after a heat wave warning was issued.

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Rain warning in Kerala, Tamil Nadu:

In southern India, three districts of Kerala – Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki – are facing an extremely heavy rain warning, 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 announced that emergency operations are active in all districts due to the risk of landslides and epidemics. Moreover, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal are expected to receive isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall on Tuesday, prompting the weather bureau to issue an ‘orange alert’.