Current Temperature Status and Warning for next five days

Ministry of Earth Science: Current Temperature Status and Warning for the next five days-  According to the National Weather Forecasting Centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD):  

Mar 2, 2021 - 07:38
Current Temperature Status and Warning for next five days

Maximum Temperature Scenario for the past 24 hours (from 0830 hrs IST of 28th February 2021 to 0830 hrs IST of 1st March, 2021) 

Heat Wave: Nil (Annexure 1 & 2).

Maximum Temperature

Maximum temperatures were markedly above normal(5.1°C or more) at most places over Uttarakhand, West Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand; at many places over Punjab, East Madhya Pradesh and  East Uttar Pradesh; at a few places over Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha; at isolated places over East Rajasthan and West Madhya Pradesh; appreciably above normal (3.1°C to 5.0°C) at many places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Chhattisgarh and West Rajasthan; at a few places over Gujarat, Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan & Goa and Telangana and at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan & Muzaffarabad and Vidarbha; above normal (1.6°C to 3.0°C) at many places over Marathawada and Rayalaseema; at a few places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh & Yanam and Tamilnadu, Puducherry &Karaikal; at isolated places over Kerala &Mahe and Karnataka. Yesterday, the highest maximum temperature of 40.0°C was reported at Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) over the country(Annexure 1 & 2).

Temperatures Recorded at 1430 Hours IST of Today, the 1st March 2021

o     Akola (Vidarbha) recorded the highest temperature of 38.9°C (Annexure 3).


o     Temperatures recorded at 1430 hours IST of today have risen by 1-2°C at many places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim and Assam &  Meghalaya; at a few places over Jammu & Kashmir and at isolated places over Punjab, West Rajasthan, Saurashtra & Kutch, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Vidarbha, Tamilnadu and Odisha (Annexure 4).

Heat Wave Warnings for Next 5 Days (on next page)

o   Maximum temperatures are currently 3-6°C above normal over north & central parts of India includes East Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, east Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal.

o   It is likely to fall by 1-2°C over Northwest & adjoining Central India during the next 2 days (01st-03rd March). No significant change in maximum temperatures over the rest of parts of the country.

(For the significance of colour code, criteria and its Impact & action suggested for Heat Wave kindly refer to Annexure-5 at end of this document) 



                                                                                                                  Annexure 1 


Annexure 2



  Annexure 3                                                                                                                       

Annexure 4


Annexure 5


Heat Wave

Heat wave is considered if maximum temperature of a station reaches at least 40°C or more for Plains, 37°C or more for coastal stations and at least 30°C or more for Hilly regions. Following criteria are used to declare heat wave:

  1. a)  Based on Departure from Normal

 Heat Wave: Departure from normal is 4.5°C to 6.4°C

 Severe Heat Wave: Departure from normal is >6.4°C

  1. b) Based on Actual Maximum Temperature (for plains only)

 Heat Wave: When the actual maximum temperature ≥ 45°C

 Severe Heat Wave: When actual maximum temperature ≥47°C

To declare heatwave, the above criteria should be met at least in 2 stations in a Meteorological sub-division for at least two consecutive days and it will be declared on the second day.


 Impact of Heat Wave Warning



Suggested Actions


Comfortable temperatures

No cautionary action required

Heat wave conditions at

district level, likely to

persist for 2 days

Heat is tolerable for general public but moderate health concern for vulnerable people e.g. infants, elderly, people with chronic diseases.

Avoid heat exposure

i.      Severe heatwave conditions are likely to persist for 2 days.

ii.      With varied severity, the heatwave is likely to persist for 4 days or more.

Increased likelihood of heat illness

symptoms in people who are either

exposed to the sun for a prolonged period or doing heavy work.

High health concern for vulnerable people e.g. infants, elderly, people with chronic diseases.

Avoid heat exposure– keep cool. Avoid dehydration


i.      Severe heatwave likely to persist for more than 2 days.

ii. the Total number of heat/severe heatwave days likely to exceed 6 days.

Very high likelihood of developing heat illness and heat stroke in all ages.


Extreme care needed for vulnerable people.


Posted On: 01 MAR 2021 7:56PM by PIB Delhi

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