Friday is likely to be another warm day for Delhi with maximum temperature around 44 degrees Celsius, according to the forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) for the national capital.
Thunder, lightning and strong winds of 20-30 kilometers per hour are also expected, with western disturbance in Afghanistan and the surrounding area.
Forecasts are that the maximum temperature could drop over the next six days, while providing a respite from the warming. With cloudy skies and light rain as per the forecast from May 22 to 24, the maximum temperature could drop below 40 degrees Celsius, stabilizing at around 37 to 39 degrees on these dates.
The maximum temperature at Safdarjung Observatory on Thursday was 43.6 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal for this time of year. The highest maximum temperature in the city was recorded at the two weather stations of Najafgarh, southwest of Delhi, and Mongshpur, northwest of Delhi – 46.3 degrees Celsius. Gurgaon recorded a maximum temperature of 45.7 degrees Celsius, while the weather station at the CWG Sports Complex in East Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 45.5 degrees Celsius, higher than that of Safdarjung.
The minimum temperature recorded during the past 24 hours was 28.2 degrees Celsius, two degrees higher than the normal range. During the next six days, the minimum temperature, which is usually recorded at night, can range from 27 to 29 degrees Celsius. At 8.30 a.m. on Friday, the temperature was 31.8 degrees Celsius, and the relative humidity was 58%.
Parts of Rajasthan, southern Punjab, southern Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are expected to experience heat waves on Friday. While the maximum temperature in northwest and central India is not likely to change significantly in the next 24 hours, it could drop by two to four degrees after that.