Heatwave building up in parts of Delhi; mercury crosses 46 degree celsius in najafgarh
Parts of Delhi witnessed scorching heat on Friday with the mercury reaching 46.1 degrees Celsius in Najafgarh. The weather stations of Jafarpur and Mungeshpur recorded maximum temperatures of 45.6 degrees Celsius and 45.4 degrees Celsius, respectively, six notches above normal for this time of year. Heat wave conditions persisted in Pitampura as well and the maximum temperature was recorded at 44.7 degrees Celsius. Delhi’s base station Safdarjung Observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 42.5 degrees Celsius.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert on Saturday, warning of severe heat wave at many places in the capital. On Sunday, a yellow alert has been issued to warn people from the heat.
IMD uses four color codes for weather warnings – green (no action needed), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action). The mercury is expected to touch 44 degrees at Safdarjung Observatory on Saturday. Meteorologists said the temperature could reach up to 47 degrees Celsius at isolated places.
There may be some respite from the cloudy sky from the scorching heat next week. This is the fifth heatwave in the capital this summer – one in March and three in April. With less rainfall due to a weak western disturbance, Delhi recorded its second warmest April this year since 1951, with a monthly average maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius. By the end of the month, heat wave had reached 46 and 47 degree Celsius in many parts of the city. The capital received a modest 0.3 mm of rain in April, while the monthly average was 12.2 mm. There was zero rainfall in March as against the normal 15.9 mm. The IMD had predicted above normal temperatures in May.
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