The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a yellow warning on Monday in some parts of Delhi as the heat wave continues to rise in the city. The maximum temperature in the nation’s capital was recorded at 43.9 degrees Celsius, according to the Safdarjung Observatory. It was four steps above normal.
At the Sports Complex Automatic Weather Center near Akshardham Temple, the day’s maximum temperature is set at 46.7 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest place in the city. Najafgarh, Mungeshpur, Pitampura and Ridge stations recorded 46.4 degrees Celsius, 46.2 degrees Celsius, 45.8 degrees Celsius and 45.8 degrees Celsius respectively.
According to meteorologists, extreme heat waves are the result of a lack of strong Western disturbances. Continuous hot and dry west winds are also contributing to this, news agency PTI reported.
The weather office is predicting moderate rainfall in the northern parts of the country, including the nation’s capital, from June 15-16 following this week from sunny temperatures. “Thundershowers in Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Eastern Uttarakhand are likely to be fairly widespread or moderate to moderate rain and scattered over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi on June 15 and June 15. “IMD said in the Sunday Weather Bulletin.
IMD offers four types of color-coded alerts – green, yellow, orange and red. Green alarm basically means no warning as the maximum and minimum temperatures are within normal range. It is advisable to look at the forecast before the yellow alarm goes off. It is also up to city managers to “stay up to date” on weather events that could potentially impact daily life.
The Orange Alert is a call to take extra precautions. Red Alert is issued in extreme heat conditions. When a Red Alert is issued, residents are advised not to leave the house without adequate preparation.
Heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal. According to the IMD, an extreme heat wave is declared if the departure from normal temperatures is greater than 6.4 notches.
(With agency inputs)