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Rise in minimum temperature making nights dreadful as well, no respite in sight

Delhi experienced not just a hot day but hot night too even as severe heat wave conditions prevailed over many states of north India, especially those adjoining the national capital.

delhi Updated: Apr 18, 2010 23:52 IST
HT Correspondent

Delhi experienced not just a hot day but hot night too even as severe heat wave conditions prevailed over many states of north India, especially those adjoining the national capital. And the heat wave would continue, the weatherman has said.

While the maximum temperature on Sunday was recorded at 43.0 degrees Celsius, the minimum temperature was 30.6 degrees Celsius.

Even when the maximum temperature was 7 degrees Celsius above normal, it was the minimum temperature that was as much as 10 degrees above normal that made the night before hotter than the previous.

Sunday also saw a partially cloudy sky but there was no trace of rainfall. Humidity ranged between 40% (maximum) and 15% (minimum).

The weatherman has predicted mainly clear sky with heat wave conditions for Monday. “The maximum temperature would hover around 43 degrees Celsius while the minimum would be around 29 degrees Celsius,” the Met department officials said.

Saturday had seen maximum temperature touch 43.7 degrees Celsius, a 52-year high for the month of April.

According to all India data released by the India Meteorological Department, severe heat wave condition has prevailed over North India.

The reason for the continued heat is the presence of a strong anti-cyclone system currently active over central and northwest India. It can be dislodged to bring down heat only by a cyclonic activity in Bay of Bengal, the officials said. In other words, only a rainfall, albeit in small quantities, can help bring down the mercury.