Temperatures in Delhi reached nearly 50 degrees, fire is raining from the sky, people in the capital are in distress

Several areas in New Delhi recorded extreme temperatures on Tuesday with the mercury touching 50 degrees Celsius. Heat wave conditions are currently sweeping across north India. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted that Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will experience intense heat for the next three days with no respite for residents from the scorching heat. On Tuesday, Delhi's Mungeshpur was the hottest area in the city recording a maximum temperature of 49.9 degrees Celsius, while Najafgarh recorded 49.8 degrees, Narela 49.9 degrees, Pitampura and Pusa 48.5 degrees.

At the same time, the Safdarjung Observatory, considered the official marker of the city, recorded a temperature of 45.8 degrees Celsius, which is 4.7 degrees above normal. In Delhi, where a red alert is currently in force, the weather office has predicted the maximum temperature to rise to 46 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, while the minimum temperature will be 27 degrees Celsius. The scorching heat is affecting the health of residents and experts are attributing the lack of greenery and direct sunlight as the reason for the rise in temperatures in these areas. Kuldeep Srivastava, regional head of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), said that places like Najafgarh are witnessing a sharp rise in temperature due to several reasons.

He highlighted that the outskirts are the first areas to be hit by hot winds from Rajasthan. Concretisation and rising humidity levels are increasing heat in India's metros where the weather is not getting cold even at night like a decade ago. This has been said in a new report by the 'Centre for Science and Environment' (CSE). CSE analyzed summer air temperature, land surface temperature and relative humidity data for six metros – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai – from January 2001 to April 2024.

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