Severe heatwave: What IMD predicts for Delhi, northwest India from May 18, Saturday | 5 Points

Conditions are expected to turn worse in Delhi; IMD's red alert for Rajasthan

Visitors at the Agra Fort struggle due to the heat | PTI Visitors at the Agra Fort struggle due to the heat | PTI

Scorching heat has made life difficult in northwest India. A merciless heat wave swept swathes of northwest India on Friday -- a day that witnessed southwest Delhi's Najafgarh becoming the warmest place in the country. According to news agency PTI, Najafgarh's maximum temperature reached 47.4 degrees Celsius.

Quoting  India Meteorological Department (IMD), PTI reported that the said regions cannot expect immediate relief from heatwave conditions as areas including Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi and Punjab may experience severe heat in the coming days.

May 18 weather updates: Here are 5 points that residents of Delhi and adjacent parts need to know amdist the scorching temperatures. 

1. The severe heat wave over the northwest Indian plains is predicted to continue during the next five days.

2. Severe heatwave conditions are very likely in some parts of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi from May 18 (Saturday) to 21 (Tuesday), the IMD warned.

3. A fresh heatwave spell will commence over east and central India from from May 18, Saturday. It warned of an increased likelihood of heat-related illnesses in people exposed to the sun for prolonged periods or engaging in heavy work.

4. IMD has issued a red alert for west Rajasthan, stressing the need for "extreme care for vulnerable people" (infants, elderly and those with chronic diseases).

5. An orange alert is in place for the states of Haryana, Punjab, east Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat.

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