Parts of Delhi-NCR remained in the grip of a heatwave on Sunday, and similar conditions are forecast for isolated parts of the nation’s capital and southern Haryana on Monday, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD ).
The maximum temperature at the Safdarjung weather station is expected to be 39 degrees Celsius on Monday, and the IMD has predicted strong winds.
Delhi’s air quality was in the “poor” category on Sunday with an AQI of 245, and it is expected to remain the same on Monday, according to a forecast released by the Air Quality Early Warning System on Sunday.
While the Safdarjung Weather Observatory, which provides a benchmark for the city, has yet to record maximum temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius this season, other weather stations in Delhi NCR (National Capital Region ) experienced heat wave conditions from March 29 to 31.
On Sunday, the Safdarjung weather station recorded a maximum temperature of 39.4 degrees Celsius, six degrees above normal. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) records a heat wave in the plains when the maximum temperature is 40 degrees Celsius or higher, and 4.5 to 6.4 degrees above normal.
On Sunday, the maximum temperature was at or above 40 degrees Celsius at some weather observatories including Palam (40.2 degrees), Ridge (41.4 degrees), Najafgarh (41.7 degrees) and Gurgaon (42.3 degrees).
The maximum temperature in Safdarjung could rise to 40 degrees by April 6 and rise further to 41 degrees by April 8, according to forecasts. The temperature at 5:30 a.m. Monday was 20 degrees Celsius, while the relative humidity was 66%.
Heatwave conditions are also forecast for parts of Rajasthan and southern Uttar Pradesh from April 4-7.