Severe Heat Wave Hits Delhi


Posted on 30 June 2021


For Illustration Purpose Only.

Today, Delhi had its first severe heat wave of the year, with the maximum temperature at Safdarjung Observatory, the city's official thermometer, reaching 43 degrees Celsius, the highest so far this year. The mercury surged to 42.6 degrees Celsius, 43.4 degrees Celsius, and 44.3 degrees Celsius, respectively, seven notches above the usual temperature, in the Lodhi Road, Ridge, and Pusa zones. A strong heat wave hit Najafgarh (44.4 degrees Celsius), Pitampura (44.3 degrees Celsius), and Mungeshpur (44.3 degrees Celsius). According to the India Meteorological Department, a "severe" heat wave is proclaimed when the temperature deviates from normal by more than 6.5 degrees Celsius. The southwest monsoon has reached Barmer in west Rajasthan, one of its last outposts, two weeks ahead of schedule, according to the IMD, but has yet to reach the north Indian plains, including Delhi. However, even as the mercury and humidity have continued to rise, the wait for Delhi, Haryana, areas of west Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and west Rajasthan has been long overdue, according to the IMD, which added that fast relief was unlikely.



Key Points


  • Today, Delhi had its first severe heat wave of the year, with the maximum temperature at Safdarjung Observatory, the city's official thermometer, reaching 43 degrees Celsius, the highest so far this year. 

  • Even as the mercury and humidity have continued to rise, the wait for Delhi, Haryana, areas of west Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and west Rajasthan has been long overdue, according to the IMD, which added that fast relief was unlikely.



Follow Us On Google Newsstand: Click Here