Delhi Temperature Rises 49.9 Degrees Recording New All-Time High

by | May 29, 2024 | Climate Crisis, Environmental News

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Delhi, in the grip of an intense heat wave, saw its maximum temperature on Tuesday soar to a scorching 49.9 degrees Celsius, marking a new high for the month. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that areas like Mungeshpur and Narela experienced temperatures of 49.9 degrees Celsius, a staggering 9 degrees above the average. Even Najafgarh wasn’t spared, with a temperature of 49.8 degrees Celsius. Safdarjung, Delhi’s premier observatory, noted Delhi Temperature Rises 49.9 degrees Celsius, five notches above usual. The hottest temperature in Delhi over the last century is 49.2 degrees Celsius.

Delhi Temperature Rises 49.9 Degrees

On Wednesday, India’s weather agency issued a red alert for various sections of the country’s northwest, warning of a severe heat wave just a day after parts of Delhi temperature rises to 49.9 degrees (122 Fahrenheit). According to the India Meteorological Department, a red alert suggests a “very high likelihood” of individuals having “heat illness and heat stroke” and calls for “extreme care” for vulnerable people.

India has been struggling with exceptionally high temperatures this summer, and the weather agency has predicted “heat wave to severe heat wave” conditions are anticipated to prevail in various places, including the capital, until Wednesday. The record temperature is recorded even as a ‘red’ alert warning has been issued for Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat. This signal signifies a high chance of heat sickness and stroke for all age categories. Mahesh Palawat, vice president of Meteorology and Climate Change at Skymet Weather, explained that the blistering heat was caused by increased radiation in open areas with vacant land. “Direct sunlight and a lack of shelter make these areas extremely hot.” He said, “When the wind blows from the west, it affects these areas first.” Because they are on the fringes, temperatures increase quickly.”

Due to the heat, Delhi’s local authorities also curtailed the water supply. It stated that water levels in the Yamuna River, the primary source, were low.

The city does not have an uninterrupted water supply at any time, but the Delhi government stated that neighbourhoods that receive water for approximately two hours twice a day would be subject to further restrictions.

While some fortunate individuals can afford to escape the heat with air conditioners and water coolers, the harsh reality is that half of India’s workforce is left to battle the scorching temperatures with little to no respite.

So far, India has documented five deaths from suspected heat stroke, but experts believe the figure might be much higher. Despite this, extreme weather and the climate problem have received little attention throughout the recent election campaign.

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