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Delhi Sees New Record At 49°C, North India Reels Under Intense Heatwave; Red, Orange Alerts For These States

A heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above the normal. A severe heatwave is declared if the departure from normal temperature is more than 6.4 notches.

A rickshaw puller covers his face from the heatwave as temperature gets near 49 degrees in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: A tormenting heatwave swept through the national Capital and its neighbouring areas on Sunday with the mercury leaping to 49.2 degrees Celsius at Mungeshpur in northwest Delhi and 49.1 degrees Celsius at Najafgarh in the southwest parts of the city, reported PTI. 

According to the weather reports, maximum temperatures reached unbearable highs of 45.6 degrees Celsius, five notches above the normal and the highest this year so far. 

The primary weather station had recorded a maximum temperature of 44.2 degrees Celsius on Saturday and 42.5 degrees Celsius on Friday. All the weather stations in Delhi recorded a heatwave day.

There was no respite from the sweltering heatwave in Punjab and Haryana as well, the mercury hovered well above normal levels on Sunday, reported PTI.

Gurugram in Haryana sizzled at 48.1 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest place in the two states even as maximum temperatures hovered well above 43 degrees Celsius at most places, according to the meteorological department.

Meanwhile, the heatwave conditions wreaked havoc in Rajasthan too, although some places recorded a drop of two to three degrees Celsius in the maximum temperature on Sunday.

Churu and Hanumangarh were the hottest places in the state, recording 47.9 degrees Celsius each. According to the meteorological department, the maximum temperature in many districts was above 47 degrees Celsius.

Uttar Pradesh also reeled under intense heatwave with Banda district in Bundelkhand region recording the maximum day temperature of 49 degrees Celsius on Sunday, the highest in the state. According to the India Meteorological Department data, this was the highest-ever temperature recorded in Banda in May. The previous maximum temperature in the district was 48.8 deg C on May 31, 1994.

There was no respite from the heatwave on Sunday, as major part of the Madhya Pradesh also continued to boil due to the high temperature. The day temperature in Bhopal on Sunday was recorded at 43.9 degrees Celsius, three degrees more than the normal mark. The highest temperature in the state was recorded at 47.4 degrees Celsius in Naogaon and Khajuraho. The majority of places in the state reeled under the heatwave. 

In the forecast for the state, meteorological officials issued a red alert warning of a severe heatwave for places including Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh and Niwari districts.

A heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above the normal. A severe heatwave is declared if the departure from normal temperature is more than 6.4 notches, according to the IMD.

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