Delhi continues to reel under heat wave, temperature could rise to 47 degrees Celsius
Met officials said that the heat wave may subside a little next week as there are chances of rain and thunderstorm around Tuesday or Wednesday.Updated: May 26, 2018 14:56 IST
Delhi sweltered under heatwave-like conditions for the fourth consecutive day with the temperature touching 43.6 degrees Celsius in the city and 45.4 degrees Celsius at the outskirts in Palam on Friday.
The local meteorological centre said possible rain and thunderstorm on Wednesday could bring some relief. But before that, the maximum temperature could shoot up to 45 degrees Celsius over the weekend, resulting in a heatwave. At Palam, the mercury could touch 47 degrees on Sunday. A heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature shoots up beyond 40°C and it is at least four degrees above normal. If the mercury crosses the 45°mark, the weather office automatically deems it a heatwave.
The highest temperature Delhi recorded this summer was on May 22, when the readings at Safdarjung and Palam shot up to 44° and 46° Celsius, respectively.
“While the temperature at Safdarjung was three degrees above the normal, at Palam the mercury was four degrees above the normal,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior scientist with the regional weather forecasting centre in New Delhi.
The India Meteorological Department had earlier warned that the summer would be harsher between April and June in north, west and central India.
Delhi recorded much higher temperatures in previous years. The maximum temperature had shot up to 45.7 degrees Celsius on May 24, 2013, the highest for a May day over the past decade.
“While on one hand a western disturbance is approaching, moisture-laden easterly winds will also get stronger next week. This is expected to create favourable conditions for some rain some time around Tuesday and Wednesday,” said an official.
The highs may then relent to 42°C.