Met officials said that the heat wave may subside a little next week as there are chances of rain and thunderstorm around Tuesday or Wednesday.
Delhi continued to reel under heat wave-like conditions for the fourth consecutive day with the mercury touching 43.6 degrees Celsius at Safdarjung and 45.4 degrees Celsius at Palam on Friday, according to The Hindustan Times.
The regional weather forecasting centre has warned that the maximum temperature could shoot up to 45 degrees Celsius over the weekend resulting in heat wave. At Palam the mercury could touch 47 degrees on Sunday.
“Near-heatwave conditions prevailed in Delhi for the fourth consecutive day. While the temperature at Safdarjung was recorded to be 43.6 degrees, which is three degrees above the normal, at Palam the mercury was hovering around 45.4 degrees, which is four degrees above the normal,” said Kuldeep Srivastava a senior scientist with the regional weather forecasting centre in New Delhi.
“On Saturday and Sunday we are expecting that the temperature at Safdarjung, which is taken to be a representative of the city’s weather, to touch the 45 degree mark. At Palam it could touch 47 degrees on Sunday,” said Singh.
Heat wave is likely to prevail in other north Indian states for the next two days as there are no chances of rain, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
IMD officials, however, said that there are chances of rain and thunderstorm around Tuesday or Wednesday.
“While on one hand a western disturbance is approaching, moisture laden easterly winds would also be getting stronger next week. This is expected to create favourable conditions for some rain sometime around Tuesday and Wednesday,” said the official.