Heatwave warning issued: Delhi sweltering as temperature crosses 45 degrees in some areas
New Delhi, May 22: The India Meteorological Department has issued a heat wave warning for Delhi and adjoining areas for Monday as several parts of the national capital recorded maximum temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius.
"Four stations in Delhi reported a maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius or slightly higher today," the weather department said. This was the first day that such temperatures were recorded, it added.
IMD said that Najafgarh in Delhi recorded 46.3 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
The observatories in Narela and Pitampura recorded 45 degrees Celsius, Ayanagar and Ridge recorded 44 degrees Celsius, and Palam recorded 43.8 degrees Celsius, according to the IMD.
The maximum temperature at the Safdarjung observatory was 42.9 degrees Celsius, three degrees more than the season's normal.
The searing heat kept people indoors, resulting in less traffic on the roads on Sunday afternoon and deserted-looking weekend centres.
Monday is expected to see a partly cloudy sky and isolated hot conditions. The weather service has also forecast high surface winds of 25-35 kilometres per hour during the day.
According to officials, a new western disturbance could bring relief from the scorching weather starting May 24, with light rain and cloudy weather forecast for three to four days.
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