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Heat wave kills 49, toll 1,094

A man is taken to hospital after he collapsed due to heat and injured his head in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, on Tuesday.

Young people dance in an artificial rain enclosure to escape the heat at a water-theme park in Calcutta on Tuesday. — Reuters photo

New Delhi, June 3
Heat wave intensified in several parts of the country today claiming 49 lives, mostly in the worst-hit Andhra Pradesh, to take the toll so far to 1,094 even as the weather office forecast no respite from the rising temperature in the next few days.

Forty-five more persons died in Andhra Pradesh which alone accounts 1,045 deaths.

Heat wave claimed four lives in the region. Chandigarh, Hisar, Ambala, Ludhiana and Patiala today witnessed the season’s hottest day, according to the Meteorological Department here.

The maximum temperature here today rose by two points since yesterday to touch 44 degrees Celsius while Ambala was hot at a high of 45 degrees Celsius.

Reports reaching here said that two men died due to heat stroke at Ludhiana and Khanna in Punjab while two men succumbed to heat in Bahadurgarh and Yamunanagar in Haryana in the past two days.

Ludhiana and Patiala braved intense heat recording respective maximums of 45.4 degrees and 45.6 degrees Celsius. Amritsar recorded 44.4 degrees Celsius, up by four.

A man gives his son a bath to beat the heat, at the AIIMS crossing in New Delhi on Monday night. — PTI photo

Shimla at a high of 30.4 degrees was six above normal while Sundernagar and Bhuntar recorded highs of 41.6 degrees and 38.0 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir had a high of 30.2 degrees while Jammu recorded a maximum of 44.1 degrees Celsius.

Hisar in Haryana, bordering Rajasthan, today sizzled as temperature touched 47.2 degree Celsius, five degrees above normal, blistering heat wave swept the northwest region today.

Even minimum temperature hovered around 29.1 degrees C with hot surface winds making life miserable.

As day temperatures at almost all stations in the region rose by four to six degrees, a number of forest fires were reported from Himachal Pradesh.

Patiala in Punjab at 45.6 degrees C, five degrees above normal turned out to be the hottest place in Punjab. PTI, UNI


Monsoon likely by June 10

New Delhi, June 3
Conditions are favourable for the advance of the south-west monsoon which is likely to set in over Kerala by June 10 even as some respite from the intense heat is expected in the areas undergoing severe heat wave conditions, the Weather Department said today.

As the circulation patterns are evolving rather slowly, the southwest monsoon is likely to set by June 10. Its further advance across the peninsula will be delayed correspondingly, Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) said.

“As of May 31, the northern limit of the south-west monsoon was running south of Kerala across Sri Lanka into the east central Bay of Bengal,” IMD said

The monsoon today covered some more parts of east central Bay where there was persistent clouding, IMD said adding that the conditions were favourable for its further advance into north-east India in the next two or three days. The Arabian branch of the south-west monsoon current, however, continued to be weak and it had not shown signs of advance, according to an IMD statement.

The IMD said pre-monsoon rainfall activity over the peninsula, a precursor to the process of southwest monsoon onset over Kerala, had been practically absent so far.

A pronounced north-south trough extending from Bihar to Tamil Nadu had generated strong north-westerly winds leading to severe heat wave conditions over parts of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Orissa, the IMD said.

However, this trough was now becoming less pronounced, which was likely to provide some respite from the heat wave.

“There are also indications of the seasonal trough getting organised. This will facilitate the strengthening of south-westerly winds over the Arabian Sea and the peninsula,” it said.

Normally monsoon hits Kerala on June 1. The monsoon had entered the south Andaman sea and adjoining south-east Bay on May 16, which was about the normal time. After that it moved further to cover the whole of the Andaman Sea, parts of south and east-central bay, Maldives and nearby areas like the southern parts of Sri Lanka. The initial delay was due to the disturbed circulation pattern over Bay of Bengal. PTI

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