Delhi: Heatwave to intensify from today, likely to touch 40 degrees
Delhi has recorded raging heat waves from the last week of March. The current heatwave in Delhi is expected to worsen more, with maximum temperatures expected to reach 40 degrees celsius on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, and 43 degrees celsius by Saturday, April 9, 2022, according to the IMD.
No relaxation is expected for at least one week, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Last Wednesday, on March 30, 2022, the Safdarjung Observatory, the city’s official weather station has reported a maximum temperature of 39.6 degrees celsius. Till now it is the highest temperature so far this year’s season.
Since March last week, many parts of the country’s capital have been experiencing a heatwave, with maximum temperatures soaring around 40 degrees Celsius. According to IMD authorities, a protracted dry spell in northwest India has resulted in ‘severe’ hot weather conditions.
Over the next five days, the heatwave will most certainly persist over most of Madhya Pradesh and Northwest India. A ‘heatwave’ is proclaimed in the plains when the maximum temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius and is at least 4.5 degrees above average temperature.
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According to the IMD, a ‘severe’ heatwave is defined as a temperature difference of more than 6.4 notches from normal.
The scorching weather has been linked by experts to a lack of rainfall caused by dry westerly winds. For the first time since 2018, there was no rain in March in Delhi. On average, it receives 15.9 millimeters of rain each month.
During the month of March, India has recorded its hottest March in 122 years, with a severe heatwave burning huge swaths of the nation.
The lack of rainfall owing to the absence of active western disturbances over north India and any big system over south India, according to the meteorological agency, is to blame for the exceptional heat.
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