New Delhi: The heat wave is expected to spread over more parts of north and central India, including the national capital, in the next five days but the conditions are likely to gradually subside during the remaining part of the month.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heat wave conditions are already prevailing over parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Telangana.
"These conditions are likely to spread over to some more areas comprising parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat and north Madhya Maharashtra during May 17-21. They are likely to abate gradually during the remaining part of May," the IMD said in its forecast.
Several parts of the country are reeling under intense heat. The MET department has already predicted a delay of six days for the onset of monsoon this year.
However, several areas of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and south interior Karnataka are expected to get a good amount of rainfall owing to a depression.
This will bring some relief to the states.
Rain and thundershower coupled with gusty surface wind is likely to lash some places in East Indian state of Odisha by Tuesday under the impact of a well marked low pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal.
The well marked low pressure area moved slightly northwestwards and now lies over Sri Lanka and adjoining Gulf of Mannar and southwest Bay of Bengal, the MeT centre here said.
Associated upper air cyclonic circulation extends upto 3.6 km above mean sea level and the system is likely to move north-northwestwards and concentrate into a depression during next 48 hours.
Under its influence, rain/thundershower would occur at one or two places over the state during next 24 hours, it said.
Gusty surface wind from southwesterly direction with 45 to 50 kmph speed and gusting to 55 kmph would prevail along and off Odisha Coast. Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea, the MeT office added.