The minimum temperature in Delhi on Saturday was 28.7 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, India’s Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The maximum temperature is expected to touch 44 degrees Celsius, it says. The national capital is likely to experience clear skies during the day, and heatwave conditions are expected in a few places, the weather office said.
IMD has issued a yellow warning warning of a heat wave in isolated places in the capital. The mercury can rise to 44 degrees Celsius at the Safdarjung Observatory, it says. The Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s base station, had recorded a maximum temperature of 42.9 degrees Celsius on Friday.
IMD uses four color codes for weather alerts – green (no action required), yellow (see and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action).
“Heatwave is back over parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, southern Uttar Pradesh and isolated pockets of Delhi-NCR,” said Mahesh Palawat, vice president (climate change and meteorology), Skymet Weather.
A heat wave is declared when the maximum temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal.