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Mercury rises to 44.6 degrees in Delhi, relief likely from Tuesday night

Jun 05, 2017
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A heat haze engulfed roads and a dry hot wind threatened to sap out every ounce of body fluid on Sunday as the mercury touched 44.6 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal, in the city reeling under a heatwave.

This is the hottest day of the season, beating the 44.4 and 45.4 degrees Celsius recorded at the meteorological office’s Safdarjung and Palam observatories on May 15.

The Palam centre recorded 47 degrees Celsius on Sunday, this summer’s highest.

But the reading from Safdarjung is considered official. Last year’s highest was 44 degrees Celsius on May 3.

Such high temperatures can cause sunstroke or heatstroke to residents out in the open, especially children making the most of their summer holidays in neighbourhood parks. Health experts advise people to drink plenty of water and juices to avoid dehydration, which can be fatal sometimes.

The national capital enjoyed fairly tolerable weather last week because of spells of light rain.

But a weather official said a heatwave circulating over north India is causing the pain this weekend.

“An anti-cyclone has established over northwest India … this will gradually move eastward” and dissipate, he said. The hot spell will be short.

A cloudy sky is expected on Monday, with the maximum temperature predicted to be around 43 degrees Celsius.

The forecast says dust storms from Tuesday night, and light rain and thundershowers accompanied by squally winds for two days thereafter.

“The dust storm and thunderstorm will curb the heatwave. It will bring down the temperature a bit for a couple of days and provide relief,” the official said.

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