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Assam Scorches Under Record Heat Wave, Relief Expected as Cyclone Remal Approaches

In an unprecedented turn of events, Assam has been hit by a severe heat wave, with temperatures soaring to an alarming 40.1 degrees Celsius on Saturday, marking the highest recorded temperature in the state since 1960. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a heat wave warning for the region, highlighting the unusual and extreme weather conditions.

In the state capital, Guwahati, the mercury has climbed by over 8 degrees Celsius this summer, making daily life increasingly difficult for residents. However, relief appears to be on the horizon. The IMD has forecast a significant drop in temperatures to around 30 degrees Celsius starting May 26, providing much-needed respite from the sweltering heat. The weather shift is attributed to Cyclone Remal, which is currently intensifying over the Bay of Bengal. The cyclone is expected to make landfall between the coasts of West Bengal and Bangladesh at midnight on May 26. The impact of Remal is predicted to bring extremely heavy rainfall and strong winds to several regions.

Northeast India, including the states of Tripura, Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur is likely to experience significant weather changes due to the cyclone. The IMD has warned of potential heavy rainfall and adverse conditions starting from May 27, continuing through May 28. Tripura’s regional meteorological center has also issued warnings about the impending severe weather. West Bengal’s coastal districts and northern Odisha are expected to be particularly affected by Cyclone Remal, with forecasts indicating extremely heavy rainfall on May 27. The cyclone’s influence will likely extend to parts of Northeast India, potentially bringing relief from the heat wave but also posing risks of flooding and disruption.

 

As Assam braces for these drastic weather changes, the state government and local authorities are preparing for both the immediate impacts of the heat wave and the subsequent challenges posed by Cyclone Remal. Residents are advised to stay updated with the latest weather alerts and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety during this period of extreme weather fluctuations.

The IMD continues to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as the cyclone progresses and weather conditions evolve.

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