Severe heat wave hits Delhi with highest March temperatures since 1945


The Safdarjung Observatory in New Delhi, India registered a maximum temperature of 40.1 °C (104.1 °F) on Monday, March 29, 2021, making it the city's hottest March day since 1945.

This is 8 °C (14.4 °F) higher than normal, said Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) regional forecasting center.

"This is the hottest day since March 31, 1945, when the capital recorded a maximum of 40.5 °C (104.9 °F).

On the same day, Najafgarh recorded 41.8 °C (107.2 °F), Narela recorded 41.7 °C (107 °F), Pitampura 41.6 °C (106.8 °F), and Pusa 41.5 °C (106.7 °F), according to data provided by IMD.

Delhi's minimum temperature on Monday was 20.6 °C (69 F), 3 °C (5.4 °F) higher than average.

According to Shrivastava, a heatwave is declared in the plains when the maximum temperature is more than 40 °C (104 °F) and at least 4.5 °C (8.1 °F) above normal. A 'severe heatwave' is declared when the departures surpass 6.5 °C (11.7 °F) above normal.

Heat wave conditions are very likely in some pockets with severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets over West Rajasthan on March 30. Heat wave conditions in isolated pockets are expected over East Rajasthan, Saurashtra & Kutch, Madhya Pradesh, and Vidarbha on March 30, IMD warned.

Dust raising Strong Surface Winds, with speeds reaching 30 to 40 km/h (18 to 25 mph), are very likely over Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh on March 30 and April 1.

Featured image credit: EUMETSAT/Meteosat-11. Acquired at 08:15 UTC on March 30, 2021


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