Delhi recorded hottest day with maximum temperature of 40.3°C yesterday. Mercury shot up to become the highest of this season so far as the base observatory Safdarjung breached 40°C mark on 2 consecutive days. Earlier the highest of this season was recorded on 29th March when the mercury breached 40°C mark first time to register 40.1°C. This was overtaken on 13thApril with a maximum of 40.2°C and quickly surpassed with 40.3°C on 14thApril. Many observatories in Delhi area exceeded 40°C during past 24hr and the highest of 42.4 was measured at the sports complex. Nazafgarh, Pitampura, Narela, Pusa, Ridge and Palam recorded 41.8°C, 41.7°C, 41.7°C, 41.5°C, 41.4°C, 41°C respectively. These temperatures are 5-7°C above the normal and amount to heat wave conditions.
Mercury level will stay on track and remain above normal by 4°C today also. However it may miss the mark of 40°C by a whisker and stay above 39°C at base record station Safdarjung. Some areas in the national capital will record temperature in excess of 40°C today as well. Heat wave may abate from few parts today and recede from complete region tomorrow.
Western disturbance over the hills and its induced cyclonic circulation is marked over Rajasthan. The capital city will rise to a cloudy sky tomorrow with gentle breeze. The sky will turn overcast towards evening and thundershowers are expected to follow. The weather activity is going to be intermittent during the night and may spill over to next morning. Break is expected with partial sunshine in the forenoon hours on 17thApril and rise in the temperature is likely over subsequent 48hr. Reversal of weather pattern is expected again with a fresh system arriving on 20th April.