Citizens seek shelter indoors as city sizzles at 48 degrees

  • | Tuesday | 21st May, 2024

Residents of the NCR including the national Capital kept themselves  indoors for the fourth consecutive day, thanks to the vacations amidst the intense record breaking escalation in temperature. Though fortunes had it due to the weekend to keep them within the comfort of fans, coolers, air-conditioners, sherbets, lassi, nimbu paani, but office goers, field workers, open markets had to face the sizzling temperature hovering around 48 degree Celsius on Monday. Citizens and stakeholders are looking to face the hot weather during the week, as predicted by the Weather office, and are holding in the city for the May 25 Lok Sabha elections. The summer vacations of the schools in Delhi on time have been a relief to the students and the school van drivers in this scorching heat.   The national Capital is under a severe hot weather spell and Monday was the fourth consecutive day where the capital recorded the maximum temperature of 47.4 degree Celsius with strong surface winds during the day. Najafgarh recorded the highest temperature of 47.4 degree Celsius, followed by Mungeshpur at 47.1 degree Celsius, and Mayur Vihar with 43.7 degrees Celsius being the lowest for Monday. The heatwave conditions have not been isolated for the DTC bus drivers and even the people travelling by car from day to day work as the soaring temperature has led to the failure of air-conditioners of the DTC buses and cars. There has been a sigh of relief for the train operators or loco pilots of Delhi Metro due to the air-conditioned travelling benefits. To help the passengers commuting, the railway authorities have kept water in earthen pots to combat the heat in the capital. After a hot Sunday, Delhiites on Monday again woke up to a warm morning with the minimum temperature settling at 26.8 degrees Celsius and relative humidity stood at 50% per cent according to the IMD. The IMD forecasted mainly clear sky, heat wave conditions at most places with severe heatwave at isolated places and strong surface winds (speed 25-35 kmph) during the day. According to the data by the IMD, weather stations in Delhi had a maximum temperature of 47.4 degree Celsius at Najafgarh. The other stations stood at Jafarpur (46.3), Ridge (45.6), Pusa (46.1) Pitampura (46.6), Palam (45.2), Ayanagar (45.7), and Rajghat at 43.8 and Lodhi Road at 44.4°C.

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