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Northeast India sees extremely heavy rain; Severe heatwave prevails in northwest India

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Large parts of northeast India are seeing heavy to extremely heavy rainfall on Saturday. The IMD has warned the conditions to continue till May 18. Meghalaya recorded a high downpour of over 150 mm in 24 hours.

On the other hand, northwest India and Indo-Gangetic plains are struggling with heatwaves and severe heatwaves. Uttar Pradesh's Banda recorded the highest temperature of 48.8°C.

The India Meteorological Department said conditions of a heatwave to severe heatwave conditions were observed in most parts of west Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, many parts of east Rajasthan, southern parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, northern parts of eastern Madhya Pradesh, and some parts over Punjab.

causing heavy rain in the northeast region, an east-west trough runs from Bihar to central Assam and Meghalaya across sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim at 0.9 km above mean sea level. "Moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal is likely to continue over the region due to strong lower-level southerly/southwesterly winds".

Sanjay O'Neill Shaw, a senior scientist with the IMD's Guwahati Regional Meteorological Centre, said widespread rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places is likely over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura.

Several weather stations across northwest India recorded maximum temperatures above 47°C. The highest in Rajasthan were Ganganagar (48.3°C), Bikaner (48.2°C), Churu (47.5°C), Phalodi (47.4°C), Jaisalmer (47.4°C), and Pilani (47.3°C). Three places in Madhya Pradesh - Bhind (48.7°C), Nowgong (47.6°C), and Khajuraho (47.6°C) - recorded heat wave-like conditions.

In Delhi, Mungeshpur and Najafgarh recorded 47.2°C and 47°C. Sirsa (47.8°C) and Hisar (47.5°C) also suffered from similar conditions. Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh also recorded 47.3°C. IMD warned that severe heatwave conditions will prevail in isolated regions tomorrow as well with reduced intensity. However, extreme heat will more or less continue till May 17.

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