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Delhi likely to face scorching heat next week, says Regional Meteorological Centre

LiveMint logoLiveMint 14-04-2017 Prerna Kapoor

New Delhi: Delhi will suffer scorching heat next week with the maximum temperature expected to hit at least 41 degree Celsius, the Regional Meteorological Centre said on Friday.

The maximum temperature in Delhi will remain around 41 to 42 degree Celsius throughout next week, while the minimum will hover around 22 to 23 degree Celsius, according to RMC forecasts on its website. The sky will remain mostly clear throughout the week.

Private weather forecasters also warn that a heat wave is beginning. “Palam Observatory has recorded temperature of around 42 degree Celsius, while the Safdarjung Observatory has recorded a temperatue of around 41.6 degree Celsius. This means heat wave conditions have set in Delhi,” said Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymet weather services.

Heat wave conditions occur when there is an increase of around 4.5 degree in temperature at a station, compared with its normal temperature.

The rise in temperature during April is primarily due to the occurrence of a western disturbance over the Jammu and Kashmir region and Pakistan. Western disturbances lead to pressure differences, which eventually changes wind direction, influencing temperature levels in the north western parts of India, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Temperatures during the month of March were also high but the maximum remained below 40 degree Celsius.

The met department had warned at the beginning of March that summer this year would be harsher, with temperatures rising above normal.

IMD has started releasing extended forecasts and five-day average forecasts for the next 15 days of heat wave conditions.

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