Delhi is sizzling at around 50°C; why is it so hot? When will there likely be a break?

The maximum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 49 °C or greater by at least three weather stations.Najafgarh recorded 49.8°C, followed by Mungeshpur and Narela with 49.9°C.
Delhi is sizzling at around 50°C.

Delhi is seeing sweltering heat; on Tuesday, some locations saw temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius, and other regions of the city reached close to 50 degrees. On Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast clear skies, a severe heatwave that is expected to persist in numerous areas of Delhi, and strong gusts of wind.

At least three Delhi weather stations recorded maximum temperatures of 49 degrees Celsius or more on Tuesday. The IMD reported that Mungeshpur and Narela had 49.9 degrees, while Najafgarh had 49.8 degrees. These were the highest temperatures ever recorded in Delhi.

For the next two days, the city is under a red warning due to the current heatwave conditions.

Delhi is sizzling at around 50°C
Delhi is sizzling at around 50°C

Tuesday’s hottest temperature, five degrees above the seasonal average, was recorded at 45.8 degrees Celsius at the official marker, the Safdarjung observatory.

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Has India ever experienced 50°C?
At present, temperatures in Churu, Rajasthan, and Sirsa, Haryana, are rising above 50 degrees Celsius, while in Delhi, they are nine degrees higher than usual.

At 50.5 degrees Celsius, Churu in Rajasthan had the nation’s hottest temperature, followed by Sirsa-AWS in Haryana at 50.3 degrees Celsius.

Delhi is sizzling at around 50°C. May 2016, near Phalodi in Rajasthan, saw the hottest temperature ever recorded in India—51 degrees Celsius. Many places have been close to 51 degrees this season. Prior to then, the highest temperature ever recorded in India was 50.6 degrees Celsius, which was attained in 1956 at Alwar, Rajasthan.
Why is it so damn hot outside?
The scorching winds from Rajasthan intensify Delhi’s high temperatures, especially at the city’s outskirts.

Delhi is sizzling at around 50°C: News organization According to PTI Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather, wide spaces devoid of vegetation absorb more radiation, which causes abnormally high temperatures because of the sun’s rays and the absence of shade. Palawat observes that these open places are first impacted by winds coming from the west, which leads to a sharp increase in temperature.

Delhi is sizzling at around 50°C
Delhi is sizzling at around 50°C

According to Kuldeep Srivastava, regional head of IMD, the first locations affected by hot winds from Rajasthan are the outskirts of Delhi, with places like Mungeshpur, Narela, and Najafgarh suffering from extreme heat. Charan Singh of IMD claims that because of increased radiation, open spaces and bare ground raise temperatures.

Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, the director general of IMD, credits the lack of western disturbances in the later part of May with the hot conditions in northwest and central India. Extratropical weather systems originating over the Mediterranean Sea are known as western disturbances, and they usually migrate from west to east.

When will the heat finally let up?

According to the IMD, beginning on May 30, there may be some respite from the current heatwave. On Thursday, a new western disturbance is expected over portions of northwest India; this could lead to isolated rainfall throughout the area over the weekend.

Tuesday saw a four-degree reduction in temperature, bringing some comfort to areas in south Rajasthan like Barmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Sirohi, and Jalore.

This temperature decline is a result of moist winds coming in from the Arabian Sea, which suggests that the circumstances of heatwaves in northwest India are beginning to lessen.

Delhi is sizzling at around 50°C
Delhi is sizzling at around 50°C

This trend of falling temperatures is predicted to continue northward by numerical weather prediction models, providing a gradual reprieve from hot conditions starting on May 30.

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