Even as heavy rains lashed India’s south, the heat wave continued its merciless brutality in the north with minimum temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius in most parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and East Uttar Pradesh.

According to the IMD, minimum temperature in Telangana and coastal Andhra Pradesh, too, was above 30 degrees Celsius.

The temperature in Delhi is likely to cross 45 degrees Celsius on Monday.

The IMD had on 8 June said that heat wave conditions will prevail over Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha for at least three days till 11 June.

In the south, however, monsoon rains touched Indian shores at Kerala, bringing respite to the people. Heavy to very heavy rains have been reported from most parts of Kerala and south-western Karnataka.

IMD said that a depression has formed over the southeast in the Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep and east-central Arabian Sea.

“It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm,” the IMD said.

According to Skymet Weather, the cyclonic storm, which will be named Cyclone Vayu, will bring moderate to heavy rains with isolated heavy to very heavy rains in parts of Kerala and coastal Karnataka.

The temperatures in these parts of the country will, therefore, take dip.

Kerala, meanwhile, imposed a 52-day monsoon-trawling ban starting Sunday midnight to stop damage to the breeding process of fish during the season.

This was the 31st year in succession for the ban. Around 5,000 trawl-boats will not be able venture any closer than 12 nautical miles.