Heatwave conditions return to Delhi, IMD issues orange alert


Heat wave Condition¬†have returned to Delhi as parts of the national capital witnessed over 45 degrees Celsius temperature .¬† While Najafgarh recorded 46.1 degrees Celsius, the weather stations at Jafarpur and Mungeshpur recorded a maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius and 45.4 degrees Celsius, respectively, six notches above normal for this time of the year. Pitampura also reeled under heatwave conditions, recording a maximum temperature of 44.7 degrees Celsius. The Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s base station, recorded a high of 42.5 degrees Celsius.

The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert, warning of a severe heatwave at many places. A yellow alert has been issued to caution people about a heatwave .  The IMD uses four colour codes for weather warnings  green yellow orange and red .The mercury is predicted to touch the 44-degree mark at the Safdarjung Observatory on Saturday.

Temperatures may leap to 47 degrees Celsius at isolated places, weather experts said. Cloudy sky may provide some relief from the intense heat next week. This is the fifth heatwave  one in March and three in April  in the capital this summer season. With scanty rains owing to feeble western disturbances, Delhi had recorded its second hottest April this year since 1951 with a monthly average maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius.

A heatwave at the month-end had sent the mercury soaring to 46 and 47 degrees Celsius in several parts of the city. The capital got a miniscule 0.3 mm of rainfall in April against a monthly average of 12.2 mm. March saw nil rainfall against the normal of 15.9 mm. The IMD had predicted above normal temperatures in May.