A homeless family fetches water from a tap
NEW DELHI: The capital saw another hot day with heatwave conditions with Safdarjung — the base station for the city — recording a maximum temperature of 45.9 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. Even though the recording was six notches above normal for this time of the year, it was marginally less than Tuesday’s 46 degrees Celsius when Delhi experienced its hottest day in May in 18 years. Palam recorded 47.2 degrees C on Wednesday, six degree Celsius above normal, and a bit less than Tuesday’s 47.6, which was also the highest yet of the season and joint highest since May 2010.
Among other stations, Lodi Road and Ayanagar recorded 45.1 and 46.7 degrees C, both five points above normal According to a Met official, heatwave conditions were witnessed in most parts of the capital while Palam saw severe heatwave.
The increase in maximum temperature and heat wave conditions also impacted the power supply of the city and on Tuesday night, Delhi’s peak power demand clocked 5,464 MW — the season’s highest. It is marginally more than the peak power demand of 5,236 MW recorded on May 26, 2019. In fact, this is the third day running this month the capital’s peak power demand has crossed last year’s peak on any given day.
However, relief from the sweltering heat is expected soon, says the National Weather Forecasting Centre of the India Meteorological Department. “Maximum temperatures over plains of north India are likely to recede from Thursday with substantial reduction of heatwave conditions from Friday. This is under the influence of a western disturbance and an east-west trough in lower levels and likely occurrence of rain or thunderstorm from Thursday to Saturday,” it said.
On Thursday, partly cloudy sky is expected with heatwave conditions at isolated places. There is a possibility of thundery development towards evening or night, accompanied with gusty winds at the speed of 30-40 km per hour. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 44 and 29 degrees Celsius, respectively.
In terms of the air quality, it was a “moderate” day on Wednesday with an AQI of 156, according to Central Pollution Control Board.
According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), a Union body under ministry of earth sciences, dust-rising wind is likely at Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan for the next 48 hours and thereby increase in dust long-range transport is expected. “AQI may deteriorate and be at the high end of moderate to poor category for the next two days,” it said.