May weather in India

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2nd May

Delhi/ 13.2mm rain/ 38.3°C falls to 25°C, dust storm: 2018

From The Times of India 3 May 2018

2018 Dust storm, sudden rain bring relief from heat

The capital saw a sudden dust storm followed by heavy rain that brought the mercury down by several notches.

The Safdarjung observatory, considered as the base for weather in the capital, received 13.2mm of rainfall between 5.30pm and 8.30 pm, while several other parts of the capital reported intense showers. Met officials said the rain was caused due to a cyclonic circulation forming over Haryana, which also resulted in the dust storm.

Met officials say the dust storm hit the capital around 4.30 pm, with Safdarjung recording a maximum speed of 59km/hr at 4.45 pm. A drizzle was reported around parts of the capital around 5.30 pm and the intensity increased by 7pm, during which the temperature fell to around 25 degrees, officials said. Operations were also affected at the IGI airport during the time and 15 flights were diverted.

Delhi had also received light rain on Sunday night due to favourable local conditions like high temperature and moisture. The humidity levels on Wednesday, meanwhile, were between 38-66%, met official said.

Earlier in the day, Delhi had recorded a maximum temperature of 38.3 degrees Celsius , while the minimum was 27 degrees Celsius—two notches above normal. The regional met has forecast cloudy skies on Thursday and the maximum likely to be around 36 degrees Celsius. A drizzle may occur in some parts.

Rajasthan to Jharkhand, Telangana: Superstorm kills 129/ 2018

From The Times of India 4 May 2018

Superstorms across India kill 129, shatter homes and lives

Major Damage In UP, Raj; 46 Dead In Agra

Severe thunderstorms lashed many parts of the country on [the night of 2May 2018], killing at least 129 people in the last 24 hours and leaving a trail of destruction, with houses flattened, trees uprooted and electricity poles in disarray. The maximum devastation occurred in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, where the storms claimed 112 lives.

Uttar Pradesh reported 73 deaths, of which 46 were in Agra district alone. As many as 39 people died in Rajasthan, followed by seven in Telangana, four in Uttarakhand and two each in Jharkhand and Punjab.

The fury of unusually strong winds and heavy rains lasted for up to three hours in many places.

“Concrete houses came down like packs of cards one after the other. Trees, streetlights and whatever stood taller than a few feet were flattened by the winds. We took out victims from debris of houses and ferried them to hospitals on motorcycles,” Narendra Sharma, the SHO of Kheragarh police station in Agra district, told TOI after spending the night in rescue ops.

With 24 deaths, Kheragarh tehsil in Agra near UP Rajasthan border bore the maximum brunt of the storm in the district.

Deaths were reported from other parts of the state too. These included three each in Bijnor and Kanpur Dehat, two each in Saharanpur, Hamirpur, Mirzapur and Kanpur city; and one each in Bareilly, Pilibhit, Chitrakoot, Rae Bareli, Unnao, Mathura, Amroha, Banda, Sitapur, Sambhal, Etawah, Allahabad and Rampur. Nearly 90 people were injured in the state. The UP government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for the families of the deceased.

In Rajasthan, home minister Gulab Chand Kataria put the toll at 33 on Thursday, but unofficial sources said it had climbed to 39 by evening. Over 200 people have been injured in the storm which affected Bharatpur, Dholpur and Alwar districts.

After a horrifying night, Thursday morning brought in a host of woes as people woke up to disruption in water and power supply. As many as 12,700 electricity polls were uprooted and 1,523 transformers damaged in the three districts. More than 50,000 trees were destroyed.

The Rajasthan government rushed ministers to the three districts on Thursday while chief minister Vasundhara Raje is scheduled to visit the affected areas of Bharatpur on Friday. “Seventeen persons have died in Bharatpur, nine in Alwar and five in Dholpur district due to the dust storm,” Kataria said.

In Uttarakhand, casualties were reported from Almora, Udham Singh Nagar and Haridwar districts.

In Telangana, heavy rains triggered by a cyclonic circulation killed seven people across the state. Strong winds plunged many areas in Hyderabad into darkness. Deaths were reported from Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda and Warangal districts.

In Punjab, two people were killed in Patiala city when the boundary wall of an underconstruction house collapsed on them. The victims died on the spot within minutes.

In Jharkhand, two women were killed in Sahibganj district when they were struck by lightning.

Why the storm was so intense

From The Times of India 4 May 2018

‘Perfect conditions’ gave deadly edge to storms: Met

More Intense Than IMD Had Predicted

Multiple factors lined up perfectly to cause the widespread thunderstorms and dust storms that claimed more than 110 lives across Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand on Wednesday, Met officials said. At several places, the storms were more intense than predicted.

While squalls and dust storms are a common April-May phenomenon in north India as a result of high heat, what gave Wednesday’s storms more destructive power was their association with a western disturbance (WD), Met officials said.

“The thunderstorms coincided with a passing WD which provided moisture and unstable conditions, leading to storms across a wide area,” said K G Ramesh, director general of India Meteorological Department. The department had issued alerts for “isolated heavy thunderstorms” in the region with wind speeds of 40-50kmph. But winds reportedly reached higher speeds at several places.

“This can happen due to local gustiness within the zone of precipitation. These are accentuated by land features which enable winds to reach higher speeds due to tunnelling effect. Generally, the winds were within the range we had forecast” Ramesh said.

“Four weather conditions need to come together for thunder squalls to take place. One, there should be adequate heating of the land; two, there must be moisture in the air; three, the atmosphere should be unstable and, four, there must be a triggering mechanism,” said M Mohapatra, DGM, IMD.

All these conditions were met on Wednesday, Mohapatra said. “Surface temperatures were high and moist easterly winds were blowing up to Himachal Pradesh. The atmosphere was unstable and a cyclonic circulation over Haryana and its neighbourhood provided the trigger for the storms,” he said.

2018 storms were the most lethal since 2013

Amit Bhattacharya, (With Arvind Chahan in Agra), May 2 storms were most lethal in 6 yrs: IMD data, May 8, 2018: The Times of India

Winds Hit 126kmph In Agra

The severe thunderstorms that hit north India and some other regions last Wednesday (May 2) unleashed the most devastation by any single-day storm event in the country in the past six years, for which data was compiled by the India Meteorological Department.

TOI had reported 129 deaths in the storms in north India, Jharkhand and Telangana on May 2. That’s nearly double the toll from the previous worst thunderstorm event since 2013, in which 65 people died in Bihar on April 21, 2015.

The data was compiled by IMD’s climate monitoring section, which relies on media reports on deaths from these weather events.

That the May 2 storms were a particularly destructive extreme weather event is also indicated by wind speed figures from the IAF’s Kheria airbase near Agra. These show that at 20.45pm that night winds touched 68 knots

(125.93 kmph) — speeds that prevail during a Category 2 cyclone. “The wind speed of close to 126kmph lasted for 5-10 seconds. The steady wind speed during the storm was recorded at 58 knots

(107.41kmph),” said a Wing Commander-level officer.

“All conditions necessary for storms were present on May 2, and more. Significantly, strong easterly winds brought moisture into north India which amply fed the storms, giving these a destructive edge,” said M Mohapatra, DGM, IMD.

IMD’s data on thunderstorms reveals that these weather events are underrated killers. These storms are usually localised events and hence do not make major news. IMD’s data shows that as many as 388 people died in thunderstorms in 2013. While the casualty count has been slightly lower in subsequent years, 2018 could see another spike since more than 170 lives have been lost on just two stormy days this year — May 2 and April 11.

3rd May

Delhi, Rain, traffic jams, 39.5°C/ 24.8°C; 2019

Fani sends rain to city, mercury drops a little | The Times of India

Light bout of rain and windy conditions on Friday provided the much-needed respite from the scorching dry heat in Delhi. The weatherman said a number of areas in the city recorded light rainfall accompanied by cool breeze. The maximum temperature on Friday touched 39.5 degrees Celsius — one notch above normal — an improvement from earlier 41 degrees Celsius.

According to BP Yadav, head, IMD’s regional meteorological centre, the evening rain was due to a combination of western disturbance in the region along with the influence of cyclone Fani in the Bay of Bengal.

“Due to the impact of the cyclone, easterly winds prevailed in UP, Delhi, Haryana and other parts of north India. This brought moisture intrusion along with thunderstorm and rain not only in Delhi, but the entire region,” Yadav told TOI.

The sudden burst of evening rain also caused traffic snarls at several places. The Outer Ring Road stretch near RTR flyover seemed to be the worst affected due to the construction work. Other areas nearby like Sarai Kale Khan, Akshardham, Changdi Ram Akhara and Punjabi Bagh were affected too. Another major snarl was reported near Lodhi crematorium due to an ongoing DJB work, which left a portion of the road unpaved.

The relief, however, will last only for two-three days before the maximum temperature starts to rise. The minimum temperature on Friday was 24.8 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year.

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7th May

Jammu 40/ 25.5°C, 2019

With over 40 deg C, Jammu records season’s hottest day |Daily Excelsior - 08/05/2019

JAMMU: Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday recorded the hottest day of the season as the mercury, for the first time, crossed the 40 degree Celsius mark this season, the Meteorological Department said: 3.3 notches above the normal during this time of the season

He said the minimum temperature in the city also continued its upward trend and settled at 25.5 degrees Celsius, which is 2.5 degrees above the normal.

8th May

Uttarakhand, HP: Kedar: 3” snowfall/ Keylong minus 0.3°C; Gangotri: avalanche/ 2018

Late snowfall halts Kedarnath yatra |The Times of India

Rough weather struck north India on Tuesday, as forecast by the Met department, bringing dust storms and rain at many places in the plains and rare late-season snowfall in the higher reaches of the Himalayas that left at least 2,500 pilgrims stranded near the Kedarnath shrine.

The Kedarnath yatra was halted on Tuesday morning following 3 inches of snowfall in the Kedar valley. Among those stuck along the 16km trek route to the Himalayan shrine were former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat and Kedarnath MLA Manoj Rawat. According to the district emergency operation centre, over 2,200 pilgrims were halted at Sonprayag, 200 at Lincholi, 350 at Gaurikund and 60 at Bhimbali.

“Due to bad weather in Kedarnath, most devotees have been asked to stay in Sonprayag and wait for the pilgrimage to resume. They are being accommodated in hotels and guesthouses,” he said. Gangotri and Yamnotri in Uttarkashi district received up to six inches of snowfall on Tuesday, with temple priests at both shrines claiming that this was the first time in eight years that snowfall had occurred at this time of the year. But unlike Kedarnath, snowfall did not disrupt the yatra in Gangotri and Yamnotri.

State Met department director Bikram Singh said snowfall in May was unusual and a “rare phenomenon”.

In Himachal Pradesh, snow, hailstorms and rain lashed many parts, with reports of damage to crops, blocked roads and landslides in some areas. Devastating hailstorms in Shimla district damaged apple crop and a thick white sheet of hailstones was seen across the city. At -0.3°C, Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district, was the coldest inhabited place in the state. The Met department in Delhi said thunderstorms were observed at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, among other places in the rest of the country.

Porter buried alive, 40 trekkers stuck as avalanche hits Gangotri National Park

Delhi: 34.7°C max/ light rain/ 64 km/hr dust storm/ 2018

Why capital missed its date with storm | The Times of India

The capital saw strong winds on Monday night as a dust storm lashed late with the speed touching a maximum of 64 km/hr around 11pm. While Delhi was prepared for something similar on Tuesday, it received a dust storm of a much lower intensity, with light rain recorded in parts of the national capital region, while winds blew at 35 km/hr on Tuesday night. Met officials said while they had forecast a dust storm of speed touching close to 50 km/hr — a majority of the thunderstorm activity took place in the early hours of Tuesday itself, resulting in no activity in the afternoon.

Six diversions were also reported on Monday night as the strong winds affected operations at the IGI airport, also causing delays. However, the intensity was much lower on Tuesday night.

“Most parts ofnorthern India were hit by the dust stor m and thunderstor m on Monday night itself and the intensity peaked at 11.03pm when the wind speed touched 64/km hr. These squall conditions also took place overnight and this is why there was no activity in the morning or afternoon as we had earlier forecast,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at the regional Met office.

“Parts of Noida, Ghaziabad and north Delhi received light rain on Tuesday night and wind speed was close to 35 km/hr as another dust storm struck the capital, but this was lower in intensity and this activity is normal for May,” said Srivastava.

On Monday, a number of agencies had geared up with a disaster management helpline activated, while government bodies issued advisories on what precautions could be taken. The Delhi Metro had also stated they would stop trains if wind speed exceeded 90 km/hr on Tuesday.

The maximum temperature on Tuesday was recorded at 34.7 degrees Celsius — four notches below normal, while a similar maximum temperature is forecast for Wednesday.

9th May

10th May

11th May

Delhi/ 42.8°C max: 2018

After hottest day of season, mercury may hit 43C today |The Times of India

Friday saw the hottest day of the season with the mercury touching 42.8 degrees Celsius at Safdarjung, three degrees above normal.

12th May

Maharashtra,Chandrapur/ 46.6°C; 2nd hottest in world / 2018

Manka.Behl | The Times of India

At 46.6°C, Maha district second hottest in world

From the world’s fourth-hottest city, Chandrapur or Chanda became the second hottest on Saturday with a maximum temperature of 46.6 degree Celsius. Among the world’s 15 hottest cities, 13 are from India.

An international website ‘El Dorado Weather’ ranked Wardha and Nagpur as the world’s 5th and 15th hottest cities respectively, for the day. The world’s hottest city was Nawabshah in Pakistan, sizzling at a maximum temperature of 47.5 degree Celsius.

The maximum temperature of Wardha was 45.9 degree Celsius on Saturday and it was the second hottest in the region after Chandrapur.

13th May

Delhi NCR/ 109 kmph squall, dust storm; 40.8°C; .2mm rainfall; 4 dead: 2018


Over 70 flights were diverted from IGI airport and several departures were affected after runway operations had to be shut down due to “wind shear”.

FOUR DEAD IN NCR: Strongest Thunderstorm Activity Of Season Uproots Trees, Affects Flight, Rail & Metro Operations

A squall and dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph barrelled through Delhi and neighbouring areas on Sunday, affecting flight, rail and metro operations and uprooting trees. At least four people died and 26 were injured in the national capital region.

According to Met officials, the highest wind speed during the squall was recorded at 109km/hr at Safdarjung, followed closely by Palam at 96km/hr. Dark grey clouds started gathering around 3pm and, within an hour, much of Delhi, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida were plunged into darkness. People rushed for cover even as the strong winds and poor visibility affected traffic.

“The storm was quite intense, but it cleared up in a matter of hours. Such activity is common during this time of the season as Delhi has high temperatures and easterly winds with moisture are blowing. We also had a western disturbance affecting the region that led to the thunderstorm,” a senior met official said.

The capital’s maximum temperature during the day had touched 40.8 degrees Celsius at Safdarjung and 41.3 degrees Celsius at Palam — before the sudden change in the weather. Till 5.30pm, Safdarjung had recorded 4.2mm of rainfall while Palam received 0.8mm during the same period.

At least two loss of lives were reported in Delhi. Police said Sumwati Devi (56) was killed when a tree branch fell on her head near Patpargunj in east Delhi. In another incident, a 19-year-old Rohit died in southeast Delhi’s Jaitpur when construction material fell on him. Till late night, 75 trees were removed, officials added.

As many as 75 poles came crashing and 61 cases of tin sheds/brick-roof wall collapse were reported, police said.

In Ghaziabad, at least one person was killed and six injured in different incidents. The deceased was identified as Rajkumar alias Raju (40) of Bulandshahr. According to police, Raju was killed when a tree uprooted by the strong winds fell on his car in Lal Kuan area. “Four other persons were injured in the incident,” police said. In a separate incident, two minor girls, aged 13 and 15 years, respectively, were injured in Pasonda village in Sahibabad as the wall of a house collapsed on them. In Noida, a 42-year-old woman died and her son was injured after a large hoarding collapsed on their bike during the dust storm in Noida Extension on Sunday evening. The woman was identified as Jaimun Nisha, a resident of Haibatpur village in Bisrakh. Her son Imran (21) is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Noida.

Gurgaon, too, was greeted with a storm, followed by sporadic showers. Visibility was totally obscured by dust whipped up by heavy winds. Residents had to close their windows and doors to keep the dust off their rooms. The situation was severe in new sectors, where winds whipped up clouds of dust from the vast open fields that sprawl across the area. In several places, the wind also knocked down trees.

(With agency inputs)

UP, Bengal, Andhra/ 39 dead in storm; 2018

Storm & lightning kill 39 in 3 states | The Times of India

Road, Rail & Air Traffic Also Hit Across N India

Dust storms and thunderstorms wreaked havoc in Uttar Pradesh, Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, killing at least 39 people and leaving behind a trail of destruction.

UP bore the brunt of a thunderstorm and hail that left at least 18 dead, while 12 people including four children were killed in Bengal, nine in Andhra Pradesh, and two in Delhi, officials said.

At several places in north India, including Delhi, highvelocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and air services. According to the India Meteorological Department, thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Sunday.

In Bengal, at least 12 people, including four children, were killed and over 15 injured in lightning strike amid heavy rain, an official of the state disaster management department said. In Andhra Pradesh, nine persons were killed in lightning strikes.

K Sathi Devi, head of National Weather Forecasting Centre, said two western disturbances had led to the inclement weather. PTI

Delhi, rain; 40.2 °C/ 25.4 °C; humidity 40> 67%/ 2019

Delhi 13 May 2019
From [ The Times of India ]

Rain brings relief, expect more over next two days | The Times of India

Overcast conditions through the day and strong showers later at night brought some relief from high temperatures in the capital.

“A western disturbance is affecting the region and there will be an increase in moisture levels. At present, there is high dust suspension and this could lead to further deterioration as the moisture begins to trap these dust particles,” said a senior Met official.

The maximum temperature on Monday was recorded at 40.2 degrees Celsius — one degree above normal for this time of the season — with a relative humidity of 40% to 67%. Delhi’s minimum temperature was recorded at 25.4 degrees Celsius.

“Due to the recurrent western disturbance, the region is prone to convective activity for the next 3-4 days. Moisture incursion from Arabian Sea is ongoing and is leading to increased thunderstorm activity in northwest India,” said SAFAR’s forecast.

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15th May

Delhi/ 38.2°C / 39.7°C:2018

After rain relief, brace for hotter days The Times of India

Delhi’s maximum temperature was recorded at 38.2 degrees Celsius on 15 May, two notches below normal for the season, while Palam was the hottest location with a maximum of 39.7 degrees Celsius.

Delhi, 1.4 to 3mm rainfall, 35.7°C/ 24.3 °C; 2019

[Mercury unlikely to shoot up for a week, says MeT Mercury unlikely to shoot up for a week, says MeT | The Times of India]

After waking up to an early morning rain on Wednesday, Delhiites witnessed a pleasant day with the maximum temperature in the capital clocking 35.7 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal.

The light shower was caused by a western disturbance. At Safdurjung, 1.4mm rainfall was recorded till 5.30pm. Palam recorded 1.8mm rainfall till 8.30am while it was 3mm till 5.30pm at Najafgarh.

The minimum temperature on Wednesday was 24.3 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal.

16th May

Delhi/ 40.2 °C/ 42 °C / 98 km/hr: 2018

16 May 2018 Squall returns, fells trees and upsets power supply The Times of India

The capital witnessed another strong thunderstorm in the early hours. The squall saw several trees uprooted, damage to electricity poles and even flight disruptions during its brief spell as wind speed touched 106km/hr at Palam.

Officials at the airport said that while this was the seasons strongest squall, the impact on flights had been minimal as it occurred in the wee hours of Wednesday, resulting in three flight go-arounds and one diversion.

The change has been due to localised conditions. The temperatures have been very high and there has been high moisture in the air.

Met officials at the airport said the impact of the overnight storm was for around 2 hours. In terms of aviation impact at the IGI airport, this was the lowest impact as compared to the storm of April 6, May 2 and May 13 [2018] when a total of 32, 12 and 78 diversions took place respectively. The maximum speeds during these storms were 84, 80 and 95 km/hr,  said an airport met official.

Piyal Bhattacharjee

The maximum speed at the Safdarjung observatory  taken as the base for Delhis weather  reached 98 km/hr during the squall period, officials said. Meanwhile, Wednesdays maximum temperature was recorded at 40.2 degrees Celsius and Palam recorded a high of 42 degrees Celsius.

Traffic control received 53 calls related to falling of trees and 6 calls about fallen poles during the dust storm The SDMC control room received 21 calls of fallen trees and three calls of partially collapsed debris.

17th May

Delhi/ 72 km/hr wind; 30°C; light rain: 2018

Mercury falls by 10C after storm, rain likely today | The Times of India

The capital witnessed yet another thunderstorm on Thursday evening, with skies becoming overcast around 5pm as wind speed went up to 50-70 km/hr. The mercury levels, which had touched a maximum of 41.2 degrees Celsius during the day, fell to around 30 degrees C as strong winds were felt across NCR. However, officials say its intensity was much lesser as compared to last two dust storms recorded over the past week.

Met office said that wind speed touched 72 km/hr at Palam while a maximum speed of 71 km/hr was recorded at Safdarjung, with both places recording a trace of rainfall as well. IGI airport also saw visibility drop following this, coming down from 4000 metres to around 1500 metres. Thunderstorm and light rain continued till 7.45 pm with gusty winds of 65km/hr. It brought down evening temperature by 7 to 8 degrees Celsius, said a Met official at the airport.

Officials said the weather activity can be attributed to a western disturbance with easterly winds and high temperature in the region creating ideal conditions for such localised storms.

Delhi, 2.4mm rainfall; 37.4°C/ 24.6°C; 2019

Strong showers keep city cool, 22 flights diverted | The Times of India

The mercury plunged in the evening on Friday as strong showers lashed parts of city. Flight operations were disrupted at IGIA, with as many as 22 diversions till the time of going to press. Delhi’s maximum temperature was recorded at 37.4 degrees Celsius — three notches below normal for this time of the season — with overcast skies seen in most parts of the capital through the day. According to the regional met department, Safdarjung station received 2.4mm of rainfall between 8.30am and 5.30pm. Other stations like Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar, too, received light to very light showers in the same period. The minimum temperature was 24.6 degrees Celsius — two notches below normal.

18th May

Delhi/ 41.6°C; 26.7°C; Humidity 24% to 55%/ 2018

18 May 2018 Rain likely today but day to stay hot | The Times of India

Delhi’s maximum temperature on Friday was recorded at 40.6 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 26.7 degrees Celsius. The hottest location in the capital was Palam with a maximum of 41.6 degrees Celsius.

Humidity, meanwhile, oscillated between 24% and 55%, officials said.

The national capital region over the past two weeks has seen a number of thunderstorms with squally winds that crossed 100km/hr on multiple occasions. The effect of the storms has also been such that several trees were uprooted over the past week while power outages, flight and metro disruptions were also reported.

Andaman, Nicobar: Monsoon arrives two days early/ 2019

Monsoon hits A&N two days in advance | The Times of India


The southwest monsoon advanced to the South Andaman Sea, some parts of South Bay of Bengal and the Nicobar Islands on Saturday, two days before its normal date — May 20.

A statement issued on Saturday by India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, “In view of the strengthening and deepening of cross-equatorial flow, and enhanced cloudiness and rainfall in association with a cyclonic circulation at mid-tropospheric levels over the Andaman Sea, southwest monsoon has advanced into the South Andaman Sea, some parts of the South Bay of Bengal and the Nicobar Islands.”

It stated that the major feature of the onset of monsoon was the widespread rainfall over Nicobar Islands during the past 48 hours. IMD officials said the monsoon’s early advent over parts of Andaman Sea had no connection with its possible arrival at Kerala.

19th May

Churu: the then record 50.2°C / 2016

Churu logs highest-ever temperature in Rajasthan | Jaipur News - Times of India | TNN | Jun 2, 2019 | The Times of India

Churu saw its maximum temperature exceeding 50 degree Celsius was on May 19, 2016 when a maximum temperature of 50.2 degree Celsius was recorded.

Delhi/ Dust storm; 41.4 °C: 2018

19 May 2018 | The Hindu]

A dust storm hit the Capital on Saturday afternoon. The city experienced a sultry day with the mercury settling at 41.4 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season’s average. [ The Hindu]

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21st May

Jammu, 45.1°C; Srinagar 31.6°C/ 2013

Jammu records season's highest at 45.1 degrees |Press Trust of India | May 22, 2013

Heat wave swept across the Jammu region of the state today, where the temperature settled above normal in most of the areas. Jammu recorded season's hottest day today, with the maximum temperature settling 7 notches above normal at 45.1 degrees Celsius, the Met office said.

Mercury in Srinagar also settled above average at 31.6 degrees Celsius.

Delhi/ 44.2°C mx, 27°C mn, Humidity 21> 47%: 2018

Delhi sizzled at 44°C on Monday, the hottest day of the season. Humidity levels oscillated between 21% and 47% on Monday. The minimum temperature recorded at Palam was 27 degrees while at Safdarjung, it was 25.5 degrees Celsius. (The Times of India )

On Monday, the minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded at 25.5 and 26.4 degrees and 41.8 degrees Celsius [Safdarjang], respectively. ([| PTI])

Jammu 40.2/ 24.9; Leh 21.6/ 9.2; Srinagar 26.3/ 11.7°C, 2019

Season’s hottest day in Jammu, max temp 40.2 degrees| AGENCIES | 22/05/2019

JAMMU: The winter capital of the State on Wednesday witnessed season’s hottest day at maximum temperature touching 40.2 degree Celsius.

“The maximum temperature on Wednesday was recorded 40.2 degree Celsius and the minimum was 24.9 degree Celsius,” said a weatherman.

He added that the temperature will keep fluctuating between 38 degrees to 40 degrees in next few days.

However, in Srinagar, the maximum temperature was 26.3 degree Celsius and the minimum was 11.7 degree Celsius.

Leh recorded maximum 21.6 degree Celsius and minimum 9.2 degree Celsius.

22nd May

Delhi/ 46°C mx, 26.2°C mn, humidity 45> 15%: 2018

Delhi records hottest day of season | PTI | May 22, 2018

NEW DELHI: The national capital on Tuesday recorded its hottest day of the season with the mercury soaring to 46 degrees Celsius in some parts of the city.

The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered official, registered a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average, a Met department official said.

Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar observatories recorded maximum temperatures of 46, 43.3, 44.3 and 44.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

The minimum temperature settled at 26.2 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, the official said.

The humidity level oscillated between 45 and 15 per cent.

23rd May

Delhi/ 45.2 °C/ 43 °C, ‘heatwave’ is declared 2018

Maximum temperature recorded at 45.2 degrees Celsius at Palam, while Safdarjung scorched at a high of 43 degrees Celsius. ‘We have declared a heatwave…,” said a met official. A ‘heatwave’ is declared when temperatures are above 40 degrees Celsius and more than four degrees above normal.

24th May

Delhi: 45.7°C, 2013

The Times of India

The highest temperature in Delhi between 2009-18 was

45.7 degrees recorded on May 24, 2013.

Delhi/ 43 to 44.1°C:2018

No let-up: 4-day heatwave likely to keep city sweating | The Times of India

The maximum temperature at Safdarjung — taken as the base for Delhi’s weather — was recorded at 43 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal for the season. Palam, meanwhile, was the hottest location in Delhi with a maximum of 44.1degrees Celsius. Both locations have been witnessing temperatures 3 to 6 degrees Celsius above normal for the last four, Met officials said. Warm winds continued to blow during the day, adding to the discomfort.

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26th May

Delhi (Palam), 48.4 °C (record); 1998

48.4 degrees C, recorded at Palam on May 26, 1998.

Delhi/ 45.5°C: 2015

Safdarjung was the highest on May 26, 2015 when a maximum of 45.5 degrees Celsius was recorded.

Delhi: 46.2°C Palam’s hottest since 2015/ 45°C Safdarjung: 2018

City sizzles at 45°C, no respite in next 2-3 days The Times of India

Saturday was the highest at Safdarjung after three years as the mercury touched 45 degrees Celsius — five notches above normal. Palam also recorded its highest maximum temperature of the season at 46.2 degrees Celsius.

Met officials also pointed out that the last time when Palam hit 46 degrees Celsius, Safdarjung had a maximum of 44 degrees. However this time, the difference between them is just 1.2 degrees Celsius, which points towards the fact that the inner city is also heating up a lot. “This could be because on the first day of the heatwave on May 22, it was not uniformly spread, but as it has settled over the period, the temperature difference between the outer and inner parts of the city has been reducing,” said an official.

Meanwhile, a wildlife body claimed that two kites were rescued from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office after the birds collapsed due to severe heat exhaustion and dehydration. Wildlife SOS said its veterinarians were providing care to the birds.

27th May

Jammu 42.5/ 28.9; Katra 39.5/ 23.8°C, 2018

At 42.5 & 28.9, Jammu records season’s hottest day & night | Govind Sharma | Daily Excelsior - 28/05/2018

JAMMU, May 27: Winter capital of the State, Jammu today recorded the hottest day and night of the season as there was not let up in the heat wave, which is sweeping the Jammu region.

“Jammu today recorded hottest day and hottest night of the season. While the maximum day temperature was recorded at 42.5 degrees Celsius, which is 3.4 degrees above normal, the night temperature also shot up by five notches to settle at 28.9 degree Celsius”, the weatherman said.

Katra was the second hottest place in the region with a high of 39.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 23.8 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said.

28th May

Kerala: Rainfall; ‘It is not monsoon,' says IMD: 2018

Vishwa.Mohan | Did monsoon hit Kerala on Monday? Skymet thinks so but IMD differs | The Times of India

With Kerala receiving good rains on Monday, private weather forecast agency Skymet Weather has announced the onset of monsoon in the state and arrival of the rainy season in India.

The national weather forecaster — India Meteorological Department (IMD) — however remained cautious, saying the monsoon will hit Kerala in the next 24 hours (on Tuesday) as predicted by it 10 days ago.

Skymet Weather, which had predicted May 28 (Monday) as the onset date, said: “The wait for arrival of much awaited southwest monsoon 2018 has finally come to an end on Monday. As per weathermen, all the criteria required for declaring onset of monsoon over the Indian mainland have been met.”

The technical aspects of the monsoon (as seen by Skymet and IMD) apart, the rains have arrived in Kerala with reports of wet conditions.

The southwest monsoon normally sets over Kerala on June 1. It advances northwards, usually in surges, and covers the entire country around July 15. The early onset this year may send a good signal for farmers as they may now start kharif sowing operation a bit early. Well-distributed normal rainfall invariably helps to expand acreage and increase production.

The IMD, however, stuck to its own prediction of May 29 as date of onset. Mritunjay Mohapatra, its additional director general, told TOI that the agency will formally announce its arrival on Tuesday after observing “consistency of all its parameters on the second day”. “Kerala got good rains on Monday and all the conditions are favourable. We’ll go by our own definition and criteria to formally announce the onset of monsoon,” he said.

Shimla/ Water crisis: 2018

Railway staff protested against water scarcity at Shimla. The scenic hill station was witness to some not-so-picturesque scenes on Monday, with a worsening water crisis triggered by scant snowfall forcing residents of one of its suburbs to fetch drinking water from a crematorium. Hundreds of agitated citizens even blocked the national highway at Kanlog bypass for around two and a half hours: From The Times of India

Delhi/ 43.5° C- 44.4°C: 2018

There was a slight drop in the maximum temperature on Monday as easterly winds blew towards the capital. While Safdarjung recorded a high of 43.5° Celsius, Palam recorded a maximum of 44.4° Celsius — four notches above normal for the season. Delhi had been experiencing a ‘heatwave’ for the past week.

Jammu, 41.1°C, 23.4°C; Katra 37.2°C, 21.6°C, 2019

Season’s hottest day in Jammu | Daily Excelsior | 29/05/2019

JAMMU, May 28: Jammu today recorded the hottest day of the season so far with the mercury settling at 41.1 degrees Celsius, two notches above average, the Meteorological Department said. The city’s minimum temperature settled at 23.4 degrees Celsius, which was 1.5 notches below average.

Katra town was the second hottest place in Jammu region with a high of 37.2 degrees Celsius and a low of 21.6 degrees Celsius, the spokesperson said.

29th May

Delhi/ 47.2°C: 1944

The highest maximum recorded ever at Safdarjung was on May 29, 1944 when it touched 47.2 degrees Celsius.

Kerala/ Southwest monsoon arrives: 2018

Southwest monsoon hits Kerala: IMD |PTI | May 29, 2018

June 1 is the official onset date for the arrival of monsoon in India

The southwest monsoon hit Kerala on Tuesday, three days before its scheduled arrival, says the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

North, West and South India: heat wave/ 2019

29 May 19 heatwave
From [ The Times of India ]

Neha.Madaan | Heatwave alert in almost half of India | ‘Winds From Pak Raising NCR Temp’| The Times of India

Almost half of India has been put on heatwave alert, with severe heatwaves expected in Vidarbha, west Rajasthan and possibly in east UP as well as east MP, in the next couple of days.

Heatwave warnings were issued for Wednesday in as many as 16 of the 36 meteorological subdivisions, while 15 subdivisions were alerted for possible heatwave on Thursday. This heatwave spell is among the strongest this summer and is expected to continue till June 2 in several parts of the country, including Vidarbha, the worst hit region.

Chandrapur in Vidarbha recorded this summer’s highest temperature so far, with the mercury touching 48°C on Wednesday. Anupam Kashyapi of IMD, Pune, termed the ongoing heatwave one of the strongest so far this season. “The country witnessed the last strong heatwave this summer during late April. The current spell is almost similar in its magnitude and spread, though only slightly less severe,” he said.

Temperatures are rising in most of north India as well. “Dry loo winds from the deserts of west Rajasthan and Sindh (Pakistan) are raising temperatures in north India, including Delhi-NCR. Mayend and early June anyway correspond to the hottest period of the year in this region due to the sun being directly overhead,” said a met official.

Banda in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region was the hottest town in north India, recording 47.2 degrees C on Wednesday. IMD officials said that the ongoing weak El Nino conditions may also be playing their part in ensuring higher than normal temperatures.

Kashyapi said, “One of the main factors causing the heat build-up is the sky conditions. Clear skies cause the solar radiation to hit the earth directly, without hindrance.” D S Pai, head, Climate Research and Services, IMD, said, “Presence (or absence) of clouds can be influenced by several factors outside the country like an El Nino, La Nina or cyclones, as well as local conditions”.

Vidarbha seems to have been affected the most by the ongoing heatwave situation. IMD’s colour-coded warnings show the subdivision in red till May 30, the only region marked in that colour. A “red alert” is an indication for authorities and other stakeholders to “take action” regarding an extreme weather event.

Several locations in Vidarbha crossed the 45°C mark on Wednesday. A heatwave warning for May 30 has also been issued for some parts over west MP, east Rajasthan, Marathwada and isolated pockets over Telangana, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, west UP, Bihar and Jharkhand.

Delhi, 43.1 °C/ 24.6°C; 2019

Heatwave in striking distance of capital | Mercury May Touch 45°C In Next 48 Hrs | The Times of India

On Wednesday, Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 43.1 degrees Celsius — three notches above normal — while the minimum was 24.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal.

Jammu: 43.2/23.1; Katra: 38.9/ 22.4°C, 2019

Gopal Sharma | Jammu records season’s highest 43.2 deg temp | Daily Excelsior - 30/05/2019

JAMMU, May 29: As the mercury is continuously showing an upward trend across Jammu region, the ‘City of Temples’ recorded season’s highest temperature so far at 43.2 degree Celsius today.

For the last four consecutive days, there has been continuous rise in Jammu’s temperature.

A Meteorological (MeT) Department official said that today’s temperature in Jammu city was about 4 notches above the average normal temperature. He disclosed that the maximum temperature in the State’s winter capital crossed 40 degree Celsius for the first time in this season on May 9, but again dropped to around 35 degree Celsius-mark in the subsequent weeks due to light snowfall in the higher reaches and rains in the plains. However, the temperature in the city again started to rise over the past couple of days.

The minimum temperature in Jammu today was 23.1 degree Celsius, 1.8 notches below the season’s normal, against the previous night’s 23.4 degree Celsius, the official said.

Katra, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting the famous Vaishno Devi Shrine in district Reasi, recorded a high of 38.9 degree Celsius and a low of 22.4 degree Celsius.

30th May

Delhi, 44.7°C/ 26.8°C; Palam 46.8°C / 2019

As heatwave grips Delhi, mercury at Palam close to 47°C | The Times of India

Heatwave hit many parts of the city as the maximum temperature reached 44.7 degrees Celsius on Thursday, four notches above normal, and highest yet this season.

Previous highest this year at the Safdurjung station, which is considered base for Delhi, was recorded on April 30 at 43.6 degrees Celsius, a Met official said. The minimum was 26.8 degree Celsius on Thursday, normal for this time of the year.

Other stations across the city, however, recorded higher maximum temperatures and most stayed above 45 degrees Celsius. Palam clocked 46.8, Ridge 46.4 while Ayanagar recorded 46 degrees Celsius, all highest this season.

According to the MeT official, there is a heatwave in many parts of the city and it is likely to continue in the coming few days.

The rising mercury also led to Delhi’s peak power load reaching 6,240MW at 3.42pm — highest this season.

31st May

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