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People walk through a mirage on a hot day at Rajpath in New Delhi. [Representational Image]Reuters

Parts of north and central India will experience severe heat wave condition in the next three days, warned the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD/Met Department). NDTV citing agencies reported the IMD has issued an "orange alert," denoting intensification in the already existing heat wave situation.

While heat wave persisted across both the geographies, IMD forecast "severe heat wave" too already set in on a few parts of the regions. It noted Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, central Maharashtra (Central region) and pockets of west Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, east Rajasthan and east Uttar Pradesh (North) witnessed severe heat wave.

However, the regions that would continue to experience severe heat wave in the following three days, according to the forecast, are Gujarat, west and east Rajasthan, west and east Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha, west and east Madhya Pradesh, noted Press Trust of India.

As the Met department predicted a delay in the onset of the monsoonal rains by a week's time, a few of the big cities reported numbers. Delhi's Palam area and Noida saw mercury rise to 47 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. Ahmedabad saw its temperature scorching at 49 degrees Celsius.

"The condition in Gujarat is even worse as the temperature in Ahmedabad touched 50 degrees Celsius, later dropping to 49 degrees," Mahesh Palawat the director at private weather forecaster Skymet told IANS.

The accumulation of heat could stagnate on May 22, but the heat intensity is likely to reduce gradually and abate between May 27 and June 1.

During the next 10-days, the entire northwest, north and central geographies will, however, see more than normal of the average temperatures witnessed during day-maximum and night-minimum temperatures.

Meanwhile, in an earlier bulletin issued for the South region, the IMD forecast a cyclone to descend on Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry within 48 hours.