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Intense heat batters Ladakh to Jharkhand, northwest India

From Ladakh to Jharkhand and large parts of northwest India, a huge swathe of the country remained in the grip of an intense heat wave with the maximum temperature in Prayagraj touching 47.6°C while Nubra, nestled in the high Himalayas, recorded 26.2°C.

The weather office said maximum temperatures were markedly above normal (5.1°C or more) at most places in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar. The national capital recorded maximum temperatures in excess of 45 °C, which was seven notches higher than normal for the season, in the absence of thunderstorms and rainfall triggered by extra tropical weather systems called western disturbances.

Dehradun in Uttarakhand recorded a maximum temperature of 43.1°C, which was 9.5 notches above normal for the season, while Una in Himachal Pradesh recorded 44°C — 6.7 notches above average. The threshold for a heat wave is met when the maximum temperature of a weather station reaches at least 40°C in the plains, 37°C in the coastal areas, and 30°C in the hilly regions, and the departure from normal is at least 4.5 notches. A severe heat wave is declared if the departure exceeds 6.4 notches.

The weather office has forecast no change in maximum temperatures over northwest India during the next 24 hours. The temperatures are expected to fall by 2°C thereafter.

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