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IMD: Heatwave conditions to continue for 2 more days

New Delhi: Delhi seethed at 42.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday, two notches above the season's average, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) saying that heatwave conditions are likely to continue over the northern plains, and central and southern parts of the country for two more days and abate gradually. Despite the MeT office predicting "thundery developments" for late Sunday night, the Capital remained dry with no precipitation throughout the evening. However, the weather office said the northern plains might get relief in the coming days. "Due to easterly winds at lower levels over northern parts of the country, the severity of the heatwave is very likely to decrease over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh today (Sunday) onwards," it said.

According to Skymet Weather, there has been a change in the wind pattern from hot and dry northwesterly to humid easterlies, which might lead to an uncomfortable few days with increasing humidity. The weather forecaster also noted that peak afternoons temperatures will feel hotter than they actually are. It further said that although isolated parts of Northeast Delhi saw light dust storms followed by a short spell of light thundershower and strong winds on Saturday, it failed to bring any respite for residents in the Capital, with the heatwave continuing throughout Sunday.

If the maximum temperature of a weather station in the plains crosses 45 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days, it is termed heatwave. And if the temperature goes beyond 47 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days, it is termed as a severe heatwave.

However, if the IMD's predictions come true, development of thunder and lightning may bring the temperature down in Delhi by one or two degrees Celsius. The weatherman has predicted that any relief is only expected between June 4 and 6 when a spell of dust storm and thundershower is expected over Delhi and NCR. Meanwhile, the rest of the country reeled under the severe weather conditions, with the intense heat paralysing normal life in Rajasthan's Churu with a farmer dying of sunstroke on Sunday. The city was the hottest place in the country, recording a maximum temperature of 48.9 degree Celsius.

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