Safdarjung witnessed 26 days when the maximum temperature was 42 degrees or more between March 1 and June 13. This is the highest number of such days in the past 10 years. Safdarjung, the city’s base weather station, saw 30 such days in 2012.
The maximum temperature on Sunday was above 40 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature soared by five degrees Celsius as the city continued to sizzle due to the coupled effect of heat and humidity. The weather department has predicted rain from Wednesday.
The maximum temperature in Delhi on Saturday settled at 40.5 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
The city saw spike in the maximum temperature on Thursday, with some areas touching 40 degrees Celsius. Dry weather despite high humidity made outdoor activities uncomfortable.
With the monsoon yet to arrive in the capital, Delhi’s overall rain deficit in June has touched 59%. However, the distribution of rainfall has been quite uneven, reveals India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.
With Delhi not receiving any pre-monsoon showers on Monday, maximum temperature in the city increased by over two degrees. However, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for Tuesday when light rain is likely to hit the national capital.
Delhiites enjoyed pleasant weather on Monday as maximum temperatures at most places in the city settled below the 35 degrees Celsius-mark. The Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi's base station, recorded a maximum temperature of 32.8 degree Celsius, six notches below normal.
The maximum temperature dipped to 30.7 degrees Celsius, eight degrees below normal, at Safdarjung, the city’s base weather station, on Sunday. It was two degrees less than Saturday’s maximum temperature. Before this, the city had seen a lower maximum temperature on March 12 at 29.6 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature in the national capital on Sunday settled at 30.7 degree Celsius, eight notches below normal for this time of the season, and the lowest since June 17, 2014, the IMD said. It said light rain may hit the city on Monday.
The mercury dropped slightly on Tuesday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 31.2 degrees Celsius, even as the weather office has forecast a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle later in the day that is expected to bring some respite amid the sweltering heat.
There was no respite from the scorching heat through the day and the night on Sunday, with several parts of the city continuing to experience heatwave conditions for the eleventh day in a row even as the minimum temperature at Safdarjung climbed to 32.8 degrees Celsius, the highest recorded in June in the last four years.
Daytime temperature in the city saw a slight dip on Wednesday, with some parts receiving overnight rain. However, the maximum temperature is expected to rise from Thursday and heatwave conditions could occur at isolated places on Friday, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The maximum temperature in the national capital on Saturday settled at 43.8 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
Delhi had a soothing weather on Tuesday with an average rainfall of 14.6mm during early morning hours. Partially cloudy sky and occasional dry winds led to a slight rise in the mercury — only one degree Celsius for both maximum and minimum temperatures compared with a day earlier. The daytime temperature remained within the season’s average.
Several parts of Delhi continued to suffer heatwave for the eighth day in a row on Friday. According to weather analysts, the city is likely to see a slight drop in the mercury on Saturday and Sunday with possibility of thundery development and drizzle in some isolated areas.
Strong and dry westerly winds carrying dust worsened the city’s air quality to “very poor”, while areas like Mundka and Chandni Chowk battled “severe” air quality and Anand Vihar was on the verge of slipping into the category. The air quality index (AQI) was at 346 as against 206 on Tuesday.
Many parts of Delhi reeled under a punishing heatwave for a fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, and similar conditions are likely over the next two days.
With parts of the city sizzling at 46 degrees Celsius, heatwaves were seen at isolated places for the third day in a row. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), heatwave conditions over parts of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand would continue till June 9.
This summer, Delhiites experienced the highest number of heatwave days in 12 years. While the city's main weather station, Safdarjung, has recorded 13 heatwave days so far, some stations have logged as many as 34 since March, as per IMD.
Parts of Delhi witnessed ‘heatwave’ and ‘severe heatwave’ conditions on Sunday. However, there were no heatwave conditions at Safdarjung ,which is the city’s base station, but the maximum temperature rose from 43.9 degrees Celsius on Saturday to 44.2 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal.