Monsoon hits Kerala coast, heatwave persists in several parts of India

NEW DELHI: There was no let up in heatwave conditions in several parts of India even as monsoon hit the Kerala coast Saturday marking the official commencement of the four-month rainy season in the country.

The IMD has warned of heatwave conditions in north and western parts of the country and “severe heatwave” in several places Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra during the next three days.

The national capital reeled under scorching heat, with high humidity adding to the discomfort of the residents.

The weatherman said no relief is expected from the scorching heat for two days.

The Safdarjung Observatory recorded the maximum temperature at 42.7 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, and the minimum temperature at 28 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 22 and 74 per cent, a MeT official said. (AGENCIES)