New Delhi: A heat wave swept parts of Delhi on Wednesday, while cloudy weather and high winds are expected to lower the mercury by a few degrees on Thursday. The maximum temperature at Safdarjung Observatory – the capital’s base station – stabilized at 41.2 degrees Celsius versus 42.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. The sports complex occupied the warmest place in the capital, with a maximum temperature of 44.3 degrees Celsius.
Meteorological stations in Ridge, Mongshpur, Najafgarh and Pitampura recorded a maximum temperature above the 43-degree mark. On Tuesday, 8 out of the 12 meteorological stations in Delhi experienced a “heat wave of extreme heat conditions”, recording a maximum temperature of over 43 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest day of the season. The MeT office forecast rain and thunderstorms in the capital on Thursday with winds of up to 40 kilometers per hour.
Heat wave conditions may subside but the maximum temperature will remain above normal. An official said the mercury will rise again to 42 degrees Celsius by next week. The capital recorded eight days of heat waves in April this year, the maximum since 11 days this month in 2010. For the plains, a heat wave has been declared when the maximum temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 degrees above average natural.
A severe heat wave is declared if the departure from the normal temperature is more than 6.4 degrees, according to IMD. The capital recorded a maximum temperature of 43.2 °C on April 21, 2017. The highest temperature ever recorded for this month was 45.6 °C on April 29, 1941.
The Meteorological Department said earlier that northwest India and adjacent parts of central India are likely to see more intense and frequent heat waves in April.
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