Updated at 6:25 PM
As forecast by Skymet, the national capital Delhi sweltered under intense heat today. The Palam Observatory saw the day temperature settle at an extremely uncomfortable 42.5 degrees Celsius, which is the highest maximum temperature to be recorded of the season so far. The earlier highest was 41.2 degrees Celsius, recorded on April 15.
The Safdarjung Observatory (Base Observatory) also saw the temperature touch 40.3 degrees Celsius, which is again a record for the season so far.
According to meteorologists, the rising trend of heat in Delhi-NCR is going to prevail for some time. The day temperature could create more such records with chances of heat wave conditions increasing.
Updated at 1:26 PM- Heat wave to occur in parts of Delhi and NCR due to increasing maximums
The National Capital Region has been experiencing shades of weather since the past one week. Starting from a rainy spell between April 15 and 17 to rising temperatures, the capital has been witnessing different weather patterns.
Since April 18, the maximum and minimum temperatures of Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad and Ghaziabad are rising continuously. Every day these areas witness a rise of about 2˚C. Yesterday, the Palam Observatory in Delhi recorded 40˚C as the maximum temperature, while Ridge recorded 40.6˚C, Ayanagar 39.7˚C and Safdarjung 38.5˚C.
This increase in day temperature is expected to continue in Delhi with the Safdarjung base Observatory likely to see maximum touching the 40˚C mark. Along with rising maximums, dry weather and clear sky conditions are expected to prevail in Delhi-NCR.
The minimums of the region will also continue to rise in the coming days. The night temperature in Delhi and NCR is expected to settle between 23˚C and 24˚C.
Due to persistent rise in day temperatures, pockets of the National Capital Region may witness heat wave condition in the next one week.
However, due to the approaching Western Disturbance, the hills of North India will be observing rain and thundershower activities starting today. Its affect will also be felt in Delhi-NCR around April 25, with patchy thunderstorm activity being observed during the latter half of the day.
But as these weather activities will be of short duration, no relief is expected from the ongoing heat and rising temperatures in Delhi and it adjoining areas.
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