Thunderstorms are expected to bring relief from the scorching heat in northwest India today

Under the influence of a westerly disturbance, dust storms and thunderstorms are expected over northern parts of Punjab and Haryana today, while a light dust storm is likely over remaining parts of Punjab, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh and in isolated pockets of Delhi NCR.

An intense heatwave scorched parts of northern India on Sunday, with places in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh measuring 49 degrees Celsius and above, while the weather bureau warned of heavy rains across Kerala and issued a red alert for five districts.

Churu and Pilani in Rajasthan reported highs of 47.9 and 47.7 degrees Celsius respectively, followed by Sri Ganganagar and Jhansi (47.6), Narnaul (47.5), Khajuraho and Nowgong (47.4) and Hissar (47 ,2), said the IMD.

Heavy rain likely in Kerala

While northern India braved high temperatures, heavy rains fell across most of the southern peninsula, with Kerala and Lakshadweep reporting heavy rains of 52.2mm and 57.7mm respectively on Sunday.

Vehicles wade through a wet road after heavy rain in Kochi on Sunday. (PTI photo)

The IMD had warned of heavy rain across Kerala and issued red alerts for five districts of Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kozhikode.

According to the Weather Bureau, Ernakulam had reported 122.2mm of precipitation as of Sunday, which was 13 times the daily normal of 8.3mm. Kollam reported 113.6mm of rain, followed by Thiruvananthapuram (109.1mm), Alappuzha (97.4mm), Pattanamita (85.1mm), Thrissur (81.6mm) and Kottayam (74.3mm).

The weather bureau has forecast the early onset of the monsoon over Kerala by May 27, which is five days ahead of the normal date of June 1.

Assam floods

Meanwhile, flash flooding and massive landslides hit Assam in several places, disrupting rail and road links from other parts of the state.

Soaked Maibang Tunnel after heavy rains in Dima Hasao district of Assam. (PTI photo)

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said landslides were reported from the villages of New Kunjung, Fiangpui, Moulhoi, Namzeurang, South Bagetar, Mahadev Tilla, Kalibari, North Bagetar, Zion and Lodi Pangmoul, where about 80 homes were badly affected were drawn.

ASDMA said flooding has affected nearly 25,000 people in five districts in Assam.

(With PTI inputs)

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