Heat waves have formed in some parts of Delhi; Mercury exceeds 46 degrees Celsius

The heat wave spread to some parts of Delhi on Friday, with mercury rising to 48.1 degrees Celsius in Najafgarh.

The meteorological stations at Jafarpur and Mungeshpur recorded maximum temperatures of 45.6 degrees Celsius and 45.4 degrees Celsius, respectively, six degrees above normal for this time of year. Pitampura also fluctuated in the heat wave conditions, recording a maximum temperature of 44.7 degrees Celsius.

The Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s base station, recorded a maximum of 42.5 degrees Celsius.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange warning on Saturday warning of severe heat waves in many parts of the capital.

A yellow alert has been issued to warn people about a heatwave on Sunday.

IMD uses four color codes for weather warning – green (no action required), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action).

The mercury is forecast to touch the 44-degree mark at the Safdarjung Observatory on Saturday. Temperatures in isolated places could rise to 46 degrees Celsius, meteorologists said.

Cloudy skies could give some relief from the intense heat next week.

This is the fifth heatwave in the capital this summer – one in March and three in April.

With light rainfall due to weak western disturbances, Delhi recorded the second warmest April of the year since 1951 with a monthly average maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius. Towards the end of the month a heat wave reached 46 and 47 degrees Celsius in different parts of the city.

The capital received 0.3 mm of rainfall in April as against an average of 12.2 mm. In March, there was zero rainfall of 15.9 mm against normal.

The IMD forecast normal temperatures in May.

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