The maximum temperature in the national Capital on Friday settled at 42.5 degrees Celsius which is three notches above the normal for this time of the year, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The minimum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung Observatory was 28.1 degrees Celsius, which is three notches warmer than the normal temperature for this season, as stated in the IMD data.
The relative humidity on Friday morning at 8:30 was recorded at 62 per cent and 35 per cent in the evening at 5:30.
The weather stations at Ridge, Ayanagar, Mungeshpur, Najafgarh, Pitampura, Palam, and Lodhi Road recorded maximum temperatures of 42.5 degrees Celsius, 44 degrees Celsius, 45.4 degrees Celsius, 46.1 degrees Celsius, 44.7 degrees Celsius, 43.8 degrees Celsius and 42.6 degrees Celsius respectively, stated the IMD data. The IMD predicted “Heat wave spells over Northwest and Central India during next three days and reduction thereafter.”
“No significant change in maximum temperatures is very likely over Northwest India during the next three days and fall by 2 to 3 degree Celsius,” IMD said.
“Rise in maximum temperatures by 2 to 3 degree Celsius is very likely over East India during the next two days and no significant change,” it said.
While informing about the health concerns, the IMD said that heatwave could lead to moderate health concerns for vulnerable people such as infants, elder people and people with chronic diseases.
“Increased likelihood of heat illness symptoms in people who are either exposed to sun for a prolonged period or doing heavy work,” it said.
The Met department uses four colour codes for weather warnings -- "green" (no action needed), "yellow" (watch and stay updated), "orange" (be prepared), and "red" (take action).