Delhi records hottest day of the year until mercury hits 39 degrees Celsius
Delhi recorded its hottest day of the season at 39.1 degrees Celsius, seven notches above the season’s average, with the temperature expected to rise further in the next two days.
At many places in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), the maximum temperature was recorded at 40 degrees Celsius. Narela recorded the maximum temperature at 42 degrees Celsius, 10 notches above normal.
Palam Observatory recorded maximum temperature of 39.3 degrees Celsius while Lodhi Road, Ridge, Gurgaon, Ayanagar, Najafgarh, Pitampura and Sports Complex recorded maximum temperatures at 40, 40.1, 40.5, 40 .2, 40.7, 41.1 and 41.5 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Safdarjung Observatory, the official marker for the nation’s capital, recorded a season high of 39.1 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was recorded at 22.2 degrees Celsius, four notches above the average for the season, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Humidity levels fluctuated between 16 and 70%.
The MeT department has predicted severe heatwave conditions for the next two days at a few places in Delhi. The maximum temperature is expected to stand at 40 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature is expected to hover around 22 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
For the plains, a “heat wave” is declared when the maximum temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius, and at least 4.5 notches above normal. A “severe” heat wave is declared if the deviation from normal temperature is more than 6.5 degrees Celsius, according to the IMD.
According to IMD officials, the lack of rain in March resulted in such intense heat. Normally, Delhi would receive an average of 15.9mm of rainfall in March.
Last year, the city recorded a high of 40.1 degrees Celsius on March 30, the highest temperature for the month in at least 13 years.
Delhi had recorded the maximum temperature of 36.8 degrees Celsius on Sunday, five notches above the average for the season.
The minimum temperature stood at 20.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above the average for the season, the IMD said.
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