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Severe Heat Wave Likely Over Parts Of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi

May 20, 2024 2:53 PM |

Mercury level has been incessantly climbing, setting new records over plains of north India, covering a wide area. State of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh have all been sizzling with oppressive heat, for the last many days. Najafgarh observatory in Delhi recorded the highest temperature of 47.8°C over the country, about 7°C above the normal. The other observatory at Mungeshpur was a whisker lower at 47.7°C, again 7°C above the average. The entire Rajasthan is reeling under extreme heat with the mercury hovering between 45°-47°C. The scorching heat has swept the entire Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi with temperatures floating between 44°-45°C.

There is no major weather system likely to provide relief from the excruciating heat. Actually, a clear sky and bright sun is increasing the heat accumulation and accentuating the tyrannous conditions. The record observatory of the national capital at Safdarjung has soared from 41.2°C on 15th May to  44.4°C, the highest temperature of this season, so far. The foothill city of Chandigarh recorded blazing hot of 44.8°C yesterday, about 6°C above the normal. Pali in Rajasthan registered the highest temperature in the region and scaled 46.9°C and the border town of Ganganagar only a shade lower at 46.7°C. Patiala, Bathinda, Rohtak, Hisar, Sirsa and Narnaul have been sweltering between 45° and 47°C.

Heatwave conditions are likely to continue unabated, through this week. The temperatures may rise further to breach 45°C at some more places. The national capital may observe severe heatwave conditions during this week, breaching 46°C at the record observatory Safdarjung. The capital city has a record of two decades, with the highest of 46°C in May, registered on 27 th May 2020. Similar records, possibly surpassing the earlier ones, are likely over other parts, in the plains of North India. The entire region will be under the harsh grip of severe heat, through this week.

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