The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said heatwave to severe heatwave conditions will prevail over Northwest, Central and adjoining Peninsular India, till Wednesday.

The surging heat will pass over Vidarbha over the next five days and over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and south Uttar Pradesh during the next two days, the IMD said.

Severe heatwave conditions were likely to prevail over Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh over the next 24 hours. Any decrease in intensity was likely only thereafter, it added.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 29.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average. While the maximum was likely to hover around 43 degrees Celsius. Humidity at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 57 per cent.

According to the IMD, a heatwave is considered if the maximum temperature reaches at least 40 degrees Celsius or more for plains, 37 degrees for coastal areas and at least 30 degrees for hilly regions.

On Sunday, Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 42.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, while the minimum was 30.8 degrees, three notches above the normal.

Earlier on Saturday, the weather department had issued the highest “red” alert for some parts of northern India including the national capital.

Besides Delhi, the alert, which is the highest in the IMD’s four colour-coded warnings, was issued for Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Rajasthan and some parts of Uttar Pradesh.

(With inputs from IANS)