Delhi continued to roll during a heatwave on Saturday as the maximum temperature here set at 43.5 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season average, India’s meteorological department said. However, IMD predicted dust and thunderstorms on Monday and Wednesday, which are likely to give residents a respite from the scorching heat.
“The heat wave is also likely to sweep over the region on Sunday. People are likely to get a respite from the heat as the city would witness dust or thunderstorms on Monday and Wednesday. There will be partly cloudy skies on Tuesday,” IMD officials said.
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.
According to the weather office, the city’s minimum temperature was recorded at 25.7 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal on Saturday morning.
“Today’s maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 43 and 25 degrees Celsius on Sunday,” IMD officials said.
The relative humidity at 5.30pm on Saturday was 17 percent, the weather office said.
At a press conference earlier in the day, IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the night would get warmer in May in most parts of the country, including Delhi.
The private weather forecasting agency, Skymet Weather, said Palam recorded the season’s highest maximum temperature.
“Delhi Palam recorded a maximum temperature of 44.6 degrees Celsius, the highest of the season and also the highest after 2017, when it was 44.9 degrees Celsius. The record is 45.3 degrees Celsius on April 25, 1970. @SkymetWeather @JATINSKYMET ( sic), “Vice President of Meteorology, Meteorology. and Climate Change, Skymet Weather, Mahesh Palawat said in a tweet.
According to the IMD, Delhi recorded its second warmest April in 72 years with a monthly average maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius. The city’s normal monthly average temperature in April is 36.30 degrees Celsius.
By 2010, Delhi had recorded an average monthly maximum temperature of 40.4 degrees Celsius.
The national capital experienced three prolonged heat waves this month in the absence of periodic light rainfall and thunderstorms, which characterize this time of year due to lack of active western disturbances.
It recorded a monthly average maximum temperature of 37.30 degrees Celsius in April last year, 35.30 degrees Celsius in 2020 and 37.30 degrees Celsius in 2019.
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