The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the heatwave will persist until June 2, when easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal will reach Delhi via Uttar Pradesh, bringing dust storm and thunderstorm.
In the national capital, the India Meteorological Department issued the highest “red-colour” warning as the mercury rose to the season’s high of 44.8 degrees Celsius.
In Sri Ganganagar, the maximum temperature broke the 75-year record for the month of May and touched 49.6 degrees Celsius. In Churu in the desert state, the mercury hovered around 48.5 degrees Celsius followed by Bikaner.
It was the warmest day of the season in Himachal Pradesh. It was also the hottest day of the season in Jammu as the mercury soared to 44 degrees Celsius.
IMD said the monsoon is expected to remain below normal in north and south India. The annual weather pattern is likely to hit Kerala coast on June 6, five days after its usual onset date.
A below average monsoon will exacerbate the drought-like situation in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.