IMD Issues Yellow Alert; Heat Wave In MP

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  • Heat wave currently underway in five districts will continue on Saturday.
  • The maximum temperature is recorded at 38.4 degrees Celsius in Indore.
  • Dry westerly winds from neighboring Rajasthan were blowing into the central state.

Bhopal: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued a yellow alert warning of heatwave conditions in nine districts of Madhya Pradesh for the next two days. Severe heatwave conditions prevailed in Narmadapuram, with the mercury rising to 43 degrees Celsius, the highest maximum temperature in Madhya Pradesh, on Thursday, senior meteorologist PK Saha of IMD Bhopal said.

Similar conditions were witnessed in Rajgarh, Dhar, Ratlam and Khargone districts during the day, he said. The heatwave condition is likely to prevail at a few places in Narmadapuram, Ratlam, Shajapur, Khargone, Dhar, Khandwa, Damoh, Chhattarpur and Rajgarh districts, for the next two days, the official said. The maximum (day) temperature touched 39 degrees Celsius, 4 degrees above normal, while the minimum (night) temperature hovered at 18 degrees Celsius, which was normal, in Bhopal, he said.

The maximum and minimum temperatures were 38.4 degrees Celsius, three above normal, and 22.6 degrees Celsius, five above normal, respectively in Indore, Saha said The maximum and minimum temperatures were at 37.9 degrees Celsius and 20.8 degrees Celsius respectively in Jabalpur, while in Gwalior, they were at 37 degrees Celsius and 17.9 degrees Celsius respectively, he added.

Citing the cause for the weather condition, Saha said that the dry westerly winds from neighbouring Rajasthan were blowing into the central state. The westerlies will relent on Friday and might push the temperatures down by just one or two degrees, he added.

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