With the mercury touching the season’s highest at 42.9 degrees Celsius, the Met department gave out some more bad news: the heat wave is not going to end anytime soon.
Friday’s temperature was seven degrees more than normal for this time of the season.
“A feeble rainbearing system is approaching Jammu and Kashmir. It will have no impact on the plains and certainly not in Delhi. So the heat is here to stay,” said the Met official. It could be 44 degrees Celsius on Saturday, he added.
While last year this day was cool at 40 degrees Celsius, this year, the mercury touched 43 degrees last week only.
While the city stayed shy of the 43-mark, the mercury near the Delhi airport hit a sizzling 44 degrees Celsius.
“Being outdoors is the worst punishment these days,” said Anil Jha, an outdoor salesman working for a home appliances company. “The skin burns from the constant heat wave.”
“Even the mornings are warm,” said Sheetal Verma, a housewife in Safdarjung Enclave. “On top of everything, the power cuts are making life hell.”
What is prolonging Delhi’s plight is the absence of any rainfall. To make matters worse, March did not get any rainfall.
The March rainfall makes at least the first half of April relatively less of a scorcher.
This April, the mercury has remained four to five degrees above the normal daily, creating classic heat wave conditions.
Last year, the maximum temperature in April touched 43.5 degrees, the second highest in the last 65 years. But that was on the last day of the month.
The all-time record for April was on the 29th day in 1941 when the mercury touched 45.6 degree Celsius.