Mercury rising: Heat wave likely in Delhi/NCR

Delhi is facing the summer heat and a heat wave is likely to grip Delhi/NCR, for the first time this season. According to Skymet, the mercury is expected to reach the mid-40s during the week and may breach 44 degrees on the weekend.. The rise in temperature has been incremental during the last three days. It went up from 39.8°C on 12th May to 40.6°C yesterday.

The base observatory at Safdarjung recorded the highest temperature of 42°C, so far, on 07th May 2024. Since May 2009, Delhi has breached the 44°C mark. The mercury touched or crossed 45°C for 6 years, during this period.

The highest temperature during this period was 45.7°C, on 24th May 2013 closely followed by 45.6°C, on 16th May 2022. The highest-ever temperature record for the month of May is 47.2°C, registered on 29th May 1944.

Skymet said there is no likelihood of any active western disturbance triggering weather activity over the plains. Dry weather conditions will prevail during this week. Some change in the pattern early next week will bring an east-west trough in close proximity to Delhi. Localised heat may trigger some thunderstorms and fleeting showers between the 20th and 22nd of May.


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