Some reprieve can be expected towards the weekend, as there is a possibility of light rain on June 11 and 12, an IMD official said. On Monday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 43.8 degrees Celsius — three notches above the normal, while the minimum temperature was 28 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal.
According to IMD, the maximum temperature has been recorded 4 degrees above the normal across Haryana. Hisar was the hottest place in the state at 47.2 degrees Celsius on Monday.
Manmohan Singh, the director of IMD (Chandigarh), said that there will be no significant change in the maximum temperatures in the next five days. “With dry and hot south-westerlies winds blowing into Haryana from Rajasthan since May 31, the weather has turned dry and warm. Mercury is expected to remain high during the next five days with no significant changes. As a result, heatwave conditions are likely to prevail till June 9 at isolated pockets in Haryana.”
The last heatwave was recorded on May 19 and 20, when the maximum temperature was 45.7 degrees and 47.4 degrees Celsius, respectively. For the last one week, barring May 31, mercury has stayed above 40 degrees. IMD has cautioned people to avoid prolonged exposure to heat during the daytime.
“Mercury might not have met the criteria for heatwave in Gurgaon yet, but people must pay extra caution as the high temperature could pose health issues to vulnerable people such as the elderly and children. People must avoid heat exposure and keep themselves hydrated,” Singh added.
Tuesday will be mostly sunny with the maximum and minimum temperatures expected to hover around 28 and 44 degrees Celsius, respectively. The city’s air quality index remained ‘poor’ at 203 on Monday, compared to 230 the previous day.
Meanwhile in Delhi, heatwaves were seen at isolated places for the third day in a row, with parts of the city sizzling at 46 degrees Celsius. According to IMD, heatwave conditions over parts of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand would continue till June 9.
On Monday, the maximum temperature at Safdarjung was recorded at 43.5 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, against 44.2 degrees Celsius a day earlier. The minimum temperature on Monday was 26.3 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal, against 27.9 degrees Celsius a day earlier. The humidity at Safdarjung oscillated between 16% and 68%.
At 46.4 degrees Celsius, Najafgarh recorded the highest maximum temperature on Monday, the second highest in the country after Banda in Uttar Pradesh at 46.8 degrees Celsius. Fatehpur also recorded the same maximum temperature as Najafgarh. Other places in Delhi that saw a heatwave included Jafarpur (46 degrees Celsius), Akshardham Sports Complex (46.1 degrees Celsius) and Ridge (44.9 degrees Celsius).
Since May, Safdarjung has recorded four heatwaves on May 1, 15, 16 and 20, while over 10 cases of heatwaves occurred in isolated places across the city. According to weather scientists, the heatwaves occurred due to lowering of the impact of moist easterly winds, leading to dry weather.