PATNA: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for the next five days due to the persisting heatwave in the eastern part of the country, according to an official statement reported by ANI. The alert comes as temperatures are expected to soar to nearly 40-45 degrees Celsius in various regions, including Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana, as stated by IMD scientist Naresh Kumar.
The IMD’s warning follows previous predictions from Monday, where scientists indicated that heatwave conditions would prevail for two days in Telangana and one day in Andhra Pradesh. Sravani, a scientist at the Hyderabad Meteorological Centre, informed reporters about ongoing thundershowers across Telangana and the presence of a trough in South Chhattisgarh. She further explained the prevailing southwesterly and northwesterly winds in the state, which are expected to persist for the next 24 hours, particularly in the northern part. The southern part of Telangana will experience westerly winds.
Sravani also highlighted the districts of Bhadradri Kothagudem and Khammam as areas where heatwave conditions are expected. She mentioned that rising temperatures have led to continuous heatwave conditions in Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Mulugu, Medak, Adilabad, Nirmal, Hanumakonda, Bhadradri Kothagudem, and Khammam.
In response to the severe heatwave, the Patna administration has taken measures to ensure the safety of students. An official statement reported by PTI stated that all schools, including private and government institutions, as well as pre-schools and Anganwari centers in Patna, will remain closed until June 18. The order, issued by the Patna District Magistrate, came into effect immediately.
The scorching heatwave has affected various parts of the country, prompting authorities to take precautionary measures to safeguard the well-being of the public. People are advised to stay hydrated, seek shade, and avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun during peak hours.