The maximum temperature in a day hovered close to 45 degrees Celsius in Delhi on Sunday. The Indian Meteorological Departemnet(IMD) has issued a ‘red alert’ used for a severe heatwave, for parts of Delhi for the next two days.
“Heatwave will prevail in many places and severe heatwave in isolated places. Mainly clear sky with strong surface winds (20-20 kilometres per hour),” the IMD forecast said.
The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for the town , recorded a high of 44.4 degrees Celsius, which was five notches above the traditional . The minimum temperature was recorded at 28.7 degrees Celsius, two notches above the traditional .
The weather stations at Palam, Lodhi Road and Ayanagar recorded their respective maximums at 45.4 degrees Celsius, 44.2 degrees Celsius and 45.6 degrees Celsius.
Kuldeep Srivastava, the top of the regional forecasting centre of the IMD, said some respite from the stifling heat is predicted within the capital on May 28 thanks to a fresh Western Disturbance and easterly winds at lower levels.
“Dust storm and thunderstorm with winds gusting up to 60 kilometres per hour is probably going over Delhi-NCR on May 29-30,” he said.
Besides Delhi, the IMD has issued “red warning” in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Rajasthan for subsequent two days. it’s issued “orange” warning for eastern Uttar Pradesh .
In large areas, a heatwave is said when the utmost temperature is 45 degrees Celsius for 2 consecutive days and severe heatwave when the mercury touches the 47 degrees Celsius mark for 2 days on the trot.
In small areas, just like the capital , a heatwave is said if the temperature soars to 45 degrees Celsius even for each day , consistent with the IMD