Yellow alert in parts of Delhi today after mercury passes 44° in some areas

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a yellow alert warning for sections of Delhi on Sunday as a severe heat wave continues to sweep through the city. According to the Safdarjung Observatory, the national capital reached a maximum temperature of 43.9 degrees Celsius on Sunday. This was a notch above average.

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The day’s high settled at 46.7 degrees Celsius at the Sports Complex automatic weather station near the Akshardham temple, making it the hottest place in the city. Najafgarh, Mungeshpur, Pitampura, and Ridge stations recorded the day’s high oat 46.4 degrees Celsius, 46.2 degrees Celsius, 45.8 degrees Celsius and 45.8 degrees Celsius, respectively.

The intense heatwave has been majorly a result of the lack of strong western disturbances, according to weather experts. The incessant hot and dry westerly winds are also contributing to it, news agency PTI reported.

A major respite from the scorching heat is likely later this week – from June 15-16 – as the weather office predicts moderate rain with thunderstorms over northern parts of the country including the national capital. “Scattered to fairly widespread light or moderate rainfall with thunderstorm or lightning very likely over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit- Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and East Uttar Pradesh and isolated to scattered rainfall over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi on 15th & 16th June,” the IMD stated on Sunday weather bulletin.

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Green, yellow, orange, and red are the four color-coded warnings issued by the IMD. Because the highest and minimum temperatures are within typical ranges, the green alert practically indicates no caution. A yellow alert means that you should check the weather forecast before leaving the house. It is crucial for city officials to “keep informed” about weather events that may have an impact on daily life.

An orange alert means that you should take extra measures. In the event of excessive heat, a red alert is issued. Residents are warned not to leave the house unless they have made adequate preparations when a red alert is issued.

A heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal. A severe heatwave is declared if the departure from normal temperature is more than 6.4 notches, according to the IMD.

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