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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared a red alert level till the end of this week for the northern regions due to a new heat wave. The warning is in effect in Delhi district, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab states, the department said.

Between plus 45 to plus 46 degrees Celsius is expected in these areas. Earlier, the same warning was issued in the states of Uttarakhand, Bihar and Jharkhand. In Bihar, 22 people have died in the last 24 hours due to heat and high humidity.

In New Delhi, the maximum temperature is predicted to be around 45 degrees Celsius, 6 degrees above normal for June. It will feel like plus 50 degrees Celsius in the capital, the department said.

Meteorologists predict the heat in New Delhi to subside only after the onset of the rainy season and the arrival of the monsoon in late June. The IMD uses four color codes for weather warnings: green (it is safe to be outside), yellow (potential danger, be aware), orange (dangerous, be prepared) and red (do not leave the house unnecessarily, take precautions when going outside).

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