The India Meteorological Department said, Today, parts of Delhi are forecast to record a severe heatwave, with the maximum temperature likely to hit the 40-degree mark.
IMD officials said a stretched, dehydrated episode has shown “severe” hot weather in Northwest India. “The heatwave spell over the northwest, central, and West India is likely to continue during the next four to five days.” For the plains, a “heatwave” is stated when the highest temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius, and at slightly 4.5 cracks above normal.
According to the IMD, A “severe” heatwave is announced if the departure from standard temperature is more than 6.4 degrees, according to the IMD.
On Tuesday, parts of Delhi staggered under severe heatwave circumstances, and eight weather stations in Delhi recorded their maximum temperature above 40 degrees Celsius, with the mercury at Narela, Pitampura, and the Sports Complex station crossing the 41-degree mark.
The Department said a spell of a heatwave in Delhi is likely from April 3 to April 5, the weather forecast said.
On March 30, 2021, the capital had set down a maximum temperature of 40.1 degrees Celsius. The all-time highest maximum temperature in March was recorded on March 31, 1945.
Mahesh Palawan, Vice President, Meteorology and Climate Change, Skymet Weather gave a statement, “Absence of a weather system and the presence of an anticyclone over Rajasthan and adjoining Pakistan had been making hot winds across North and Central India. March is going to finish on a hotter notice with no rest till the start of April.”
Additionally, he said, “Light winds and dry weather will once again increase temperatures over northwest India leading to heatwave conditions”