Brace for a severe heat wave this week: IMD | Latest news Delhi

A cool breeze over Delhi may have provided some temporary relief to residents on Friday, but the national capital is likely to experience heat waves, such as heavy heat waves, again from April 6, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted on Sunday.

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Safdarjung, Delhi’s base station for weather, recorded a maximum of 39.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday, six degrees above normal. The mercury could cross 40 ° C at Safdarjung on Wednesday, and reach 41 ° C by Friday, the weather bureau said, issuing a four-day yellow warning from April 6 to 9.

While the maximum temperature on Saturday was also 39.4 ° C, that Friday had dropped to 36.5 ° C after strong winds blew over the capital. A similar atmosphere of relatively strong winds is expected on Monday and Tuesday, before temperatures spike from Wednesday, officials said.

“We saw Friday wind speeds reach 30 km per hour, which resulted in a mercury drop of 2-3 degrees. In the absence of strong winds, temperatures are likely to return to around the 40-degree mark,” said weather scientist RK Jenamani.

“By Wednesday, Delhi will again see calm conditions and clear skies, leading to mercury touching or crossing the 40-degree mark in most places.”

“No rain is expected in the first and second week of April,” the IMD expert said. “Therefore, temperatures are expected to return and heat waves will return to severe heat wave conditions.”

On Sunday, at least five stations in Delhi recorded a maximum that was above 40 degrees, meaning that these parts were witnessing heat waves. These stations included Palam (40.2 ° C), Ayanagar (40.6 ° C), Ridge (41.4 ° C), Najafgarh (41 ° C) and Pitampura (41 ° C).

The IMD issues a ‘yellow warning’ to warn the general public of a weather event that is likely to occur, while a heat wave is at a maximum of 4.5 degrees or higher above the normal mark.

It is also classified as a ‘heavy heat wave’ when it is 6.5 degrees or more above normal, but it can only be declared if the maximum is also 40 degrees or higher.

In Safdarjung, the warmest day of the season so far was March 30, when the mercury reached 39.6 ° C. This was the city’s second warmest March day ever after last year, when it reached 40.1 ° C on March 30, according to Met Department data from 1951 to 2022.

While Safdarjung has yet to reach 40 ° C, the highest maximum in all of Delhi so far was 42 ° C, recorded in Narela on 28 March.

Heatwave to hold grip on northwest India

The heat wave is likely to continue over parts of northwest India for the next five days and over Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh for the next three, the weather bureau warned.

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“For now, it looks like the heat will continue and may intensify further. Wind speeds have increased over the past two days and brought a slight respite. But now the wind is very slow again and blowing from the westerly direction, which are very hot and dry areas.There is no weather system that can break this heat until at least April 11 or 12. A low pressure area is likely to develop over the Bay of Bengal that could intensify into a cyclone.If the cyclone moves to Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts, as the tracks are currently showing, may have some moisture intrusion from the Bay of Bengal to central and northern India after its departure, which may cause some pre-monsoon rains “that is not certain now. There is also no active western disturbance affecting the Western Himalayas. Normally western disturbances bring rain and snow to the higher reaches until the end of March. But that did not happen this year,” explained Mahesh Palawat, vice president, climate change and meteorology, Skymet Weather.


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