Delhi braces for another heatwave, yellow alert issued | Check weather forecast
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a clear sky over the next four to five days in the national capital. Delhi is bracing for another heatwave again as the mercury soared to 47 degrees Celsius in parts of the national capital on Saturday with no immediate relief in sight. The MeT office has issued a yellow alert, warning of a heatwave in isolated places in Delhi on Sunday.
The seven-day forecast by MeT says that Delhi is likely to witness clear skies with strong winds for the next four days.
As per the IMD's forecast, the maximum temperature is likely to settle at 43 degrees Celsius today. On Saturday, at the Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi's base station, the maximum temperature settled at 43.9 degrees, three degrees below the season's normal, as against 42.9 degrees Celsius on Friday, reported news agency PTI.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 28.7 degrees Celsius on Saturday, a notch above the season's normal, against 24.9 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
In its all India weather bulletin, the weather department said, " Heat Wave Conditions in isolated pockets over Northwest & Central India during next 2-3 days." (sic)
Heatwave sweeped parts of the national capital on Saturday and the highest maximum temperature was recorded at Mungeshpur at 47.1 degrees Celsius. At least five weather stations logged temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius in Delhi- all recording heatwaves.
An official statement from the IMD said, "The clear sky and dry weather led to heatwaves in isolated areas of the city. The maximum temperature on Sunday is likely to hover around 43 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, the air quality of Delhi also remained in the poor category on Sunday and on Saturday, the air quality index (AQI) was 227.
WHAT IS A HEATWAVE?
A heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal. A severe heatwave is declared if the departure from normal temperature is more than 6.4 notches, according to the IMD. Based on absolute recorded temperatures, a heatwave is declared when an area logs a maximum temperature of 45 degrees Celsius. A severe heatwave is declared if the maximum temperature crosses the 47-degree Celsius mark.