It also stated that the southwest monsoon has further advanced into some parts of Maldives-Comorin area, some more parts of south Bay of Bengal, remaining parts of Andaman Sea and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

"Very light rain/thunderstorm/dust storm accompanied with gusty winds forecast for Delhi NCR till 8.30 pm," said the IMD.

People could be seen drinking water while standing under tree shades to avoid high temperatures. Animals and birds could also be seen searching for water for relief from the heat.

The heatwave prevalent in the northern part of the country will ease from May 28 as easterly winds are expected to flow in the region, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed on Monday.

Two persons were killed and 5,500 houses damaged in North 24 Parganas as cyclone Amphan hit West Bengal and left a trail of destruction in the state. Two persons sustained severe injuries.

The ENC is also coordinating with the state administrations in Odisha and West Bengal to augment rescue and relief operations as needed.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), cyclone Amphan will cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during the afternoon to evening hours of May 20.

"Fishermen are advised not to venture into North Bay of Bengal along and off West Bengal -North Odisha coasts up to May 21, 2020," IMD stated in its bulletin.

Speaking to ANI, Mohapatra said, "It will move towards north-northeast direction and cross Digha (West Bengal)-Hathiya island (Bangladesh) on the afternoon/evening of May 20 with a wind speed of 155-165 kmph."