The IMD said that there is no possibility of monsoon rains in the capital Delhi and its adjoining areas before July 7. After this, below normal rainfall has been predicted in the region in the first 15 days of July. In the last few days, the temperature in the northern plains of the country has crossed 40 degree Celsius. Southwest Monsoon has advanced to rest of the country except Haryana, Delhi, parts of West Uttar Pradesh, West Rajasthan and Punjab. Unusually high temperatures are being recorded at many places in the Himalayan mountainous region.
The temperatures at Thois in Ladakh’s Nubra Valley and Solan in Himachal Pradesh were recorded at 31 degrees Celsius and 35.5 degrees Celsius, respectively. Drass, one of the coldest places in the country, also recorded a maximum temperature of 22.6 degrees Celsius. The temperature in Dras once goes down to minus 20 degree Celsius.
Heat wave continued in most parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, North-West Rajasthan and North-West Madhya Pradesh while people faced severe heat wave at isolated places. According to the IMD, severe ‘Loo’ havoc was seen in different areas of Northeast Rajasthan on Thursday.
The national capital on Thursday recorded a maximum temperature of 43.1 degrees Celsius, six notches above the season’s normal temperature. Electricity demand in Delhi rose to 7,026 MW on Thursday, which is the highest so far this season.
Heat wave started wreaking havoc in Delhi from Monday itself when the maximum temperature was recorded at 43 degree Celsius. Delhi’s neighboring city of Gurugram on Thursday recorded a maximum temperature of 44.6 degrees Celsius, seven notches above normal.
In many parts of Haryana and Punjab, people faced heat wave accompanied by scorching heat. Hisar recorded a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal, while both Rohtak and Bhiwani towns recorded a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius.
Patiala in Punjab recorded a maximum temperature of 41.6 degrees Celsius, seven notches above normal. Bathinda recorded a maximum temperature of 41.5 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, while Gurdaspur recorded a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh also recorded a maximum temperature of 40.8 degree Celsius.
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has been forced to cut power and impose restrictions on industries, as the demand for electricity has exceeded 14,000 MW per day in Punjab amid the scorching heat.
Consumers are facing problems due to alleged irregularities in power supply in the state, against which people staged protests and blocked roads. The opposition has accused the ruling Congress of failing to supply electricity in the state as per the demand. According to PSPCL, the power demand in the state reached 14,142 MW on Wednesday while the supply was 12,842 MW.
The Meteorological Department said heat wave conditions are likely over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and parts of Uttar Pradesh, north Rajasthan, and north-west Madhya Pradesh till July 2.
According to the Meteorological Department, due to possible dry westerly/south westerly winds in the lower part of the atmosphere from Arabian Sea to Northwest India, during the next two days in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, North Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and North West Madhya Pradesh. Heat wave conditions are likely to continue.
Giving information about the forecast for July, Director General of the department Mrityunjay Mohapatra said that good rains are not expected in the first week, but it is likely to pick up from the second part of the month.
The overall monthly rainfall in the country in July 2021 is likely to be normal (94 to 106 per cent of the long period average), the department said. There is a possibility of below normal or normal rains over Northwest India and parts of South Peninsula, Central, East and Northeast India, while normal or above normal rainfall is forecast over Central India, adjoining Peninsular India and Gangetic Plain. .
Mohapatra said that there is little chance of the monsoon gaining momentum before July 7. No progress has been seen in the activation of Monsoon since 19th June. In June, 10 percent more rain was recorded than normal. Most of this rain also occurred between June 3 and June 19.
Mohapatra said that mid-latitude winds, unfavorable condition of Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), non-formation of low pressure area over north Bay of Bengal are due to monsoon break (difference between two rainy seasons in the monsoon season). .