Weather in Delhi today: Maximum temperature may reach 42°C, heat wave forecast


The maximum temperature in Delhi is expected to be 42 degrees Celsius on Saturday, well above the normal maximum temperature of 34.7 degrees Celsius for April 9-10, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

The minimum temperature recorded early Saturday was 19.9 degrees Celsius, near normal 19.8 degrees Celsius. The temperature at 8:30 a.m. Saturday was 26 degrees and the relative humidity at the same time was 48%.

Heatwave conditions are predicted for Delhi from April 9-11. The IMD said in a Saturday morning bulletin that the maximum temperature in northwest India was not expected to change for the next three days, but could drop by around two degrees thereafter.

The heat wave is expected to continue over parts of Rajasthan and isolated pockets of Punjab, southern Haryana and Delhi over the next five days.

The normal amount of rain for Delhi between March 1 and April 8 is 16.9mm. On the other hand, the city did not receive any rain during this period. Most parts of northwestern India recorded grossly insufficient rainfall. While Chandigarh also received no rain during this period, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir recorded insufficient rainfall.

The AQI in Delhi has remained in the “poor” category for almost 12 days since March 28. On Friday, the AQI was 242, in the “poor” category, with PM10 as the main pollutant. The air quality early warning system says the AQI is expected to remain in the “poor” category over the weekend, with PM10 and dust being the main pollutants. Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced earlier this week that a summer action plan would be prepared to mitigate air pollution by acting on specific sources from April to September.


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