Temper high in Najafgarh as heatwave hits Delhi

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Temper high in Najafgarh as heatwave hits Delhi

The mercury was at 46.1 degrees Celsius at Najafgarh as a heat wave broiled parts of Delhi on Friday.

The weather stations in Jafarpur and Mungeshpur recorded a maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius and 45.4 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal for this time of the year. Pitampura also reeled under heatwave conditions, recording a maximum temperature of 44.7 degrees Celsius. The Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi's base station, recorded a high of 42.5 degrees Celsius.

The India Meteorological Department IMD has issued an orange alert, warning of a severe heatwave in many places in the capital on Saturday.

A yellow alert has been issued to warn people about a heatwave on Sunday.

The IMD uses four colour codes for weather warnings - green no action needed yellow watch and stay updated orange be prepared and red take action The mercury is predicted to touch the 44 degree mark at the Safdarjung Observatory on Saturday. Weather experts said that temperatures could jump to 47 degrees Celsius at isolated places.

The intense heat may cause some relief next week, and cloudy sky may provide some relief. This is the fifth heat wave -- one in March and three in April -- in the capital this summer season. Delhi had recorded its second hottest April this year since 1951, with a minimum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius, despite scanty rains owing to feeble western disturbances. The mercury was soaring to 46 and 47 degrees Celsius in several parts of the city because of a heatwave at the month's end. The capital received a miniscule 0.3 mm of rainfall in April against a monthly average of 12.2 mm. March saw nil rainfall against the normal 15.9 mm. The IMD predicted above normal temperatures in May.

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