A kid quenching thirst from pipeline during heatwaves in Bhopal.

(A Moeed Faruqui/BCCL)

The last two months have been no less than a battle as heatwave after heatwave hit several parts of the country. And apart from the copious amounts of nimboo paani, ice cream and sabja seeds that were consumed in hopes of remaining cool, we were essentially defenceless against the scorching heat.

The occasional western disturbance or depression would bring respite in the form of light to moderate rains. But these breaks were fleeting. Northwest India, in particular, faced a shortage of western disturbances and, subsequently, rains, making the region akin to a furnace.

Fortunately, we finally have some good news for you. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced that the heatwave conditions that have plagued India since April would abate starting Saturday, May 21 — at least for the next five days!

“Heatwave conditions in isolated pockets are very likely over Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. (There would be) abatement of heatwave conditions over the (entire) Indian region from May 21,” an IMD bulletin read.

The meteorological department has also forecast a wet spell over India’s Northwest and eastern parts until May 24. The rainfall will be accompanied by an enhancement in thunderstorm activity from May 22 to 24.

This would undoubtedly serve as a welcome break from the severe heatwave conditions that seared scattered pockets of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, southwest Uttar Pradesh, northeast Madhya Pradesh, and Punjab earlier on Friday, May 20.

And while these states experienced heatwaves, Rajasthan bore the actual brunt of summer’s fury, its Dholpur district recording a whopping 47.8°C on Friday.

Meanwhile, relief of another kind is in store for south peninsular and northeast India, both of which have been left reeling from intense rainfall. A substantial reduction in rainfall intensity over south peninsular India can be expected from May 21 and northeast India from May 22.

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