It's official now: Delhi is in the grip of a heat wave. And it's going to last this whole week. The highest temperature recorded at the Safdarjung observatory on Saturday was 44.5 degree Celsius, a scorching five degrees above normal, making it the hottest day of the season.
Despite that, Safdarjung was the coolest observatory. Other weather stations in the Capital recorded even higher temperatures. Palam wilted at 46.2 degrees and Delhi University saw the mercury touch 46.5 degrees.
It was a scorching Saturday for Gurgaon and Noida too where temperatures hit 44.8 degrees and 42.7 degrees, respectively.
"Along with several other parts of the country, heat wave has been declared in Delhi too. It will remain for a week, with just a little respite likely on Sunday due to an expected dust storm," said BP Yadav, director meteorology, IMD.
On Sunday, the mercury will hover around 45 degrees with some areas experiencing dust and thunder storms. It may breach the 45-degree mark in the days ahead.
According to Yadav, the heat wave is a result of the lack of thunder storm for the last few days and winds blowing from Pakistan where the temperature is much higher.
Saturday's minimum temperature too reached a high of 29.3 degrees, three notches above normal. The humidity wavered between 40 and 17%.
The searing heat wave has sweept most places in west Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Telangana, as well as parts of Odisha, coastal Andhra Pradesh and isolated places in Uttar Pradesh, east Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Marathwada and north interior Karnataka.