On the banks of the punishing heat wave, Delhi is forecast to see a jump of two to three degrees Celsius in today’s maximum temperature.
The Safdarjung Observatory – Delhi’s base weather station – had recorded a maximum temperature of 40.8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
It is expected to cross the 42 -degree level today and jump to 44 degrees Celsius by Thursday, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
Maximum temperatures are likely to soar to 46 degrees Celsius in parts of Delhi, a Met department official said.
Delhi had recorded a maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius on April 21, 2017. The all -time highest maximum temperature for the month was 45.6 degrees Celsius on April 29, 1941.
Northwest India has recorded higher-than-usual temperatures since March last week, with weather experts attributing it to the absence of active Western Disturbance in northern India and any major systems in southern India.
The region was given a break last week due to cloudy weather due to the influence of Western Disruption on Afghanistan. A yellow warning warning about heat waves in the capital starting April 28 has been issued.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) uses four color codes for weather warnings – green (no action required), yellow (see and stay updated), orange (ready) and red (take action).
IMD said heat waves can lead to “moderate” health concerns for vulnerable people – infants, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses – in affected areas.
“Therefore, residents in the area should avoid heat exposure, wear light, brightly colored, loose-fitting clothing, cotton cloth and cover their heads using cloths, hats or umbrellas etc.,” he said.
Delhi had recorded eight days of heat waves in April this year, the maximum since the 11 such days witnessed in that month in 2010.
Delhi is likely to see partly cloudy skies, drizzle and dust storms with winds of up to 50 kmph on Friday, which may provide a temporary delay.
For squares, heat waves are declared when the maximum temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal.
Severe heat waves are declared if the deviation from normal temperature exceeds 6.4 notches, according to IMD.
The weather department had earlier said that northwestern India and adjacent parts of central India are likely to see more intense and frequent heat wave conditions in April.
India recorded the warmest March in 122 years with severe heat waves hitting most of the country during the month. Some countries also experienced a decline in wheat yields of up to 35 percent due to off -season heat.
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