The Meteorological (MeT) Centre in Jaipur issued a heatwave warning for the next two days in several areas of Rajasthan's Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions. The temperature in these areas is expected to soar above 45 degrees Celsius during this period.
The scorching heat has already affected normal life in some parts of the state, with people experiencing heat stroke symptoms. The maximum temperature breached 44 degrees Celsius in a few places in the Jodhpur division on Thursday and could rise by another 1-2 degrees in the next 48 hours. Most parts of Jodhpur and Bikaner are likely to experience a heatwave from May 12-13, while eastern Rajasthan could witness the mercury hovering between 42 to 44 degrees Celsius in the next two days.
However, the temperatures are expected to recede from Monday with the development of a new western disturbance in the region.The Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions, along with the Shekhawati region, are expected to experience strong thunderstorms along with gusty winds during the afternoon from May 13-14 due to the western disturbance.
An increase in thunderstorms and rain on May 15-16 could lead to a dip of 2-3 degrees Celsius in the mercury, bringing respite to the residents of western Rajasthan. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Barmer remained the hottest place on Thursday in the state with a high of 44.4 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, Phalodi recorded a high of 43.6 degrees Celsius, and Tonk-Bikaner 43.5 degrees Celsius.