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Delhi’s Days Of Relief Over, Mercury Back In 40s; Haryana & Punjab Reel Under Heatwave

Several parts of the national capital recorded their maximum temperature above the 42-degree mark, with Sports Complex being the warmest place in the city at 43.1 degrees Celsius.

Tourists visit the historic Red Fort on a hot summer day, amid a slight surge in coronavirus cases, in New Delhi, Saturday, April 16, 2022. (PTI Photo/Shahbaz Khan)(PTI04_16_2022_000120A)

New Delhi: The maximum temperature at the Safdarjung Observatory — Delhi’s base station — breached the 40-degree mark on Monday and a heatwave will see it soaring to 44 degrees Celsius by Thursday.

Several parts of the national capital recorded their maximum temperature above the 42-degree mark, with Sports Complex being the warmest place in the city at 43.1 degrees Celsius.

Partly cloudy weather due to a Western Disturbance over Afghanistan had provided some relief from a prolonged heatwave spell in northwest India. However, another punishing heatwave is in the offing, a Meteorological Department official said.

The maximum temperature may even soar to 46 degrees Celsius in parts of Delhi, he said.

A yellow alert warning of a heatwave spell in the national capital starting April 28 has been issued.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) uses four colour codes for weather warnings — green (no action needed), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action)

The city has recorded eight heatwave days in April this year, the maximum since 11 such days witnessed in the month in 2010.

For the plains, a heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal.

A severe heatwave is declared if the departure from normal temperature is more than 6.4 notches, according to the IMD.

The weather department had earlier said northwest India and adjoining parts of central India are likely to see more intense and frequent heatwave conditions in April.

India recorded its warmest March in 122 years with a severe heatwave scorching large swathes of the country during the month.

The weather department attributed the heat to the lack of rainfall due to the absence of active western disturbances over north India and any major system over south India.

Hot Weather Conditions Prevail in Haryana, Punjab

Chandigarh: Heatwave conditions prevailed in many parts of Haryana and Punjab on Monday, and day temperatures hovered above normal limits in the region, the meteorological department said here.

While Gurugram sizzled at a high of 42.4 degrees Celsius, common capital Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 39.5 degrees Celsius, it said.

In Haryana, Bhiwani recorded a high of 41.4 degrees Celsius, Hisar 41.2 degrees Celsius, Sirsa and Rohtak 40.9 degrees Celsius, and Ambala 40.4 degrees Celsius, the department said in a weather report.

In Punjab, Patiala recorded a maximum temperature of 41 degrees Celsius, Bathinda 40 degrees Celsius, Hoshiarpur 40.5 degrees Celsius, Amritsar 38.7 degrees Celsius and Ludhiana 39.3 degrees Celsius, it showed.