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Heatwave in Delhi: Mercury soars to 46 degrees, threat of heat stroke looms large

Heatwave in Delhi: Mercury soars to 46 degrees, threat of heat stroke looms large

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Updated on May 22, 2018 4:30 PM: Heatwave in Delhi: Mercury soars to 46 degrees, threat of heat stroke looms large

Intense summer heat swept Delhi-NCR on Monday as the day maximum soared to 46°C on Tuesday at Palam Observatory. This was six degrees above the normal average that stands at 40.3°C. Meanwhile, Safdarjung Observatory saw maximum temperature at 44°C, which was also four degrees above the mean.

With this, heatwave conditions have now gripped the national capital for the first time in this season. Heatwave conditions are declared when the normal maximum temperature for any city stands at or over 40°C and is above normal by five degrees.

The cause of the concern is the fact that we do not expect any relief in the next few days. According to weathermen at Skymet Weather, mercury may increase further in the next 24-48 hours, bringing in no respite from extremely hot weather conditions.

In fact, people are advised to stay hydrated and avoid from venturing out in the noon hours. With scorching heat, the threat of heat stroke looms large, particularly for elderly and children.

Updated on May 22, 2018 4:30 PM: Heatwave grips Delhi NCR as mercury nears 45 degrees

In the month of May, Delhi-NCR has witnessed various shades of weather conditions. Many incidents of violent dust storm and thunderstorm activities were observed over Delhi. Along with these pre- Monsoon activities, high-velocity winds, and lightning strikes also accompanied.

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In fact, these weather activities also strangled several lives and property. These pe-Monsoon showers kept the weather comfortable over the national capital and heatwave remained at bay. Although, temperatures did cross 40-degree mark in between but on and off rains kept on bringing relief.

As per Skymet Weather, the pre-Monsoon activities have now taken a break from Delhi, leading to extremely hot and dry weather. Monday saw temperatures touching new records as mercury settled at 44.2°C that was the highest of this season.

Mercury soared even further on Tuesday, as day maximums peaked at 45°C at Palam Observatory. With this, heatwave conditions have been declared in the national capital and nearby areas of Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad.

Hot weather is expected to prevail over Delhi and adjoining districts for at least next four to five days. Dry and hot northwesterly winds will also pick up speed. Though levels of humidity would now decrease due to the reversal of winds from southeast to northwest but scorching heat, clear sky conditions, and hot winds will make the day extremely uneasy.

Not only this, a marginally increase is also likely in the maximum temperature in the coming days. No relief is expected until May 29. Thereafter, thunderstorm and rain activities are likely to reappear.

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