New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts another scorching heatwave for Delhi next week, with the highest temperature reaching 44 degrees, news agency PTI reported.
On Friday, the temperature in most parts of the national capital remained below 40 degrees due to partly overcast skies.
The Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s base station, reported a maximum temperature of 39.3 degrees Celsius, which is somewhat higher than average for this time of year.
During the next five days, the maximum temperature in most regions of northwest India is expected to rise by three to five degrees Celsius, according to the IMD.
The temperature in Delhi is expected to reach 44 degrees by Thursday, according to the forecast.
The city saw eight heatwave days in April this year, the most since 11 such days in the same month in 2010.
A heatwave is proclaimed in the plains when the maximum temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius and is at least 4.5 degrees Celsius above average.
According to the IMD, a severe heatwave is declared when the temperature deviates from normal by more than 6.4 degrees Celsius.
On April 21, 2017, the national capital reached a high temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius. On April 29, 1941, the all-time high maximum temperature for the month was 45.6 degrees Celsius.
The meteorological service had predicted that heatwaves will be more strong and frequent in northwest India and neighbouring regions of central India in April.
(With Inputs From PTI)