A man drinking some water to cool himself on a hot day in New Delhi on May 23, 2020.
A man drinking some water to cool himself on a hot day in New Delhi on May 23, 2020. |IANS

Delhi sizzles at 45.6 degrees, Maharashtra's Sonegaon hottest in India


New Delhi, May 24, 2020

The national capital continues to face the wrath of the heat wave, with the mercury soaring to 45.6 degrees Celsius in some parts of the city.

Kuldeep Srivastava, Head Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, said that the Ayanagar observatory recorded the highest temperature at 45.6 degree Celsius, five notches above normal. On Saturday, the temperature in the area had shot up to 46.2 degree Celsius, highest of the season so far.

Besides this, Safdarjung observatory recorded 44.4 degree Celsius, Palam in southwest Delhi showed 45.4 degree Celsius and the Lodhi Road observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 44.2 degree Celsius.

Sonegaon in Nagpur district of Maharashtra recorded the maximum temperature in India on Sunday at 46.2 degree Celsius. On Saturday, Pilani in Rajasthan had recorded 46.7 degree Celsius.

It is considered a heat wave if the maximum temperature of a station reaches at least 40 degree Celsius or more for plains, 37 degree Celsius or more for coastal stations and at least 30 degree Celsius or more for hilly regions.

With temperatures surpassing the 45 degree Celsius-mark, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a "red warning" for Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Rajasthan.

Madhavan Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, said severe heatwaves are likely to impact the states for the next 2-3 days and temperature will cross 45 degree Celsius.

The weather bureau said that the condition will persist due to dry and north westerly winds.

According to Mahesh Palawat of Skymet weather, Delhi and its surrounding region, and northern plains such as Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh will get relief soon due to commencement of pre-monsoon activities like rain and dust storm.

Madhavan Rajeevan further said that North Eastern states including Assam will witness heavy rains and flood warnings due to moisture incursion from Bay and Bengal.

The IMD said that there will be thunderstorms accompanied with lightning at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

"Strong surface wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph likely to prevail over Southwest Arabian Sea and Odisha-West Bengal coast. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea," IMD stated.