Heatwave conditions remain in the forecast for Delhi on Monday, with the maximum temperature around 41 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung meteorological observatory on Sunday was 41.8 degrees Celsius, six degrees above normal for this time of year.
The minimum temperature over the past 24 hours stood at 22.5 degrees, two degrees above normal. Other Delhi-NCR weather stations including Ridge, Aya Nagar, Gurgaon, Najafgarh and Pitampura recorded high temperatures of 43 degrees Celsius or slightly higher on Sunday. In Gurgaon, the maximum temperature was 43.8 degrees Celsius, while it was 43.6 degrees in Aya Nagar.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the intensity of heat waves in India’s northwestern plains may decrease from the night of April 12 due to a western disturbance likely to affect some parts of the western Himalayan region. Therefore, maximum temperatures are most likely to drop by two to three degrees in many parts of northwest India from April 12, according to IMD forecasts.
Forecasts for Delhi show the maximum temperature could drop slightly to 39 degrees on April 13-14, before rising to around 41 degrees by April 17. The minimum temperature over the next six days is expected to range from 21 to 23 degrees. Celsius. Heatwave conditions remain forecast for Tuesday and clear skies are likely for the rest of the week.
Heatwave conditions were recorded in parts of Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana Punjab, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was 244, in the “poor” category on Sunday. Dust and PM10 are the main pollutants. Air quality is expected to remain in the “poor” category on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Air Quality Early Warning System.