IMD issues Red alert for Delhi, northern states

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New Delhi: The IMD has issued a red alert warning for Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for May 25 and 26 as the heat wave persists.

Reports said many parts of the country have recorded temperature above the 44 degrees Celsius-mark on Sunday.

The IMD said the heat wave is expected to persist in several north Indian states and parts of Maharashtra and Telangana.

It said that there may be some respite from the heat conditions as western disturbance are likely to bring rainfall after May 28.

The head of IMD’s Regional Meteorological Centre warned that the heat wave conditions over some parts, with severe heat wave over isolated pockets, are very likely over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Telangana over the next five days.

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of IMD’s Regional Meteorological Centre, warned people not to venture out between 1 pm to 5 pm.

The IMD said heat wave conditions are also expected in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat, central Madhya Pradesh, Marathawada, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam Rayalseema and north interior Karnataka during next 3-4 days.

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