Delhi continued to reel in a heatwave on Saturday as the maximum temperature here stood at 43.5 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season’s average, India’s Meteorological Department said.
The IMD, however, predicted dust and thunderstorms on Monday and Wednesday, which should give residents some respite from the scorching heat. “The heatwave is likely to sweep the region on Sunday as well. People will likely get some respite from the heat as the city will witness dust or thunderstorms on Monday and Wednesday. There will be partly cloudy skies on Tuesday.” , IMD officials said.
For the plains, a heat wave is declared when the maximum temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius, and at least 4.5 notches above normal.
According to the weather bureau, the city’s minimum temperature was recorded at 25.7 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal on Saturday morning. “Daytime high and low temperatures are expected to hover around 43 and 25 degrees Celsius on Sunday,” IMD officials said.
Relative humidity at 5:30 p.m. Saturday was 17%, the weather bureau said. Addressing a press conference earlier in the day, IMD Managing Director Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said the night would be warmer in May in most parts of the country including Delhi. Private weather forecasting agency, Skymet Weather, said Palam recorded the highest maximum temperature of the season.
“Delhi Palam recorded a maximum temperature of 44.6 degrees Celsius, the highest for the season and also the highest after 2017 when it was 44.9 degrees Celsius. The record is 45.3 degrees Celsius April 25, 1970. @SkymetWeather @JATINSKYMET (sic)”, Vice President, Meteorology & Climate Change, Skymet Weather, Mahesh Palawat said in a tweet. According to the IMD, Delhi recorded its second hottest April in 72 years with an average monthly maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius. The city’s normal monthly average temperature in April is 36.30 degrees Celsius.
In 2010, Delhi recorded an average monthly maximum temperature of 40.4 degrees Celsius.
The nation’s capital experienced three prolonged heat waves this month in the absence of the periodic light rains and thunderstorms that characterize this time of year due to the lack of active western disturbances.
It recorded a monthly average maximum temperature of 37.30 degrees Celsius in April last year, 35.30 degrees Celsius in 2020 and 37.30 degrees Celsius in 2019.