Gurgaon Records 48 Degrees Amid Intense Heatwave In Northern Region

Gurgaon Records 48 Degrees Amid Intense Heatwave In Northern Region

Several pockets of the national capital also witnessed record temperatures.

New Delhi:

Gurgaon, Delhi’s neighbour, turned into a hot cauldron on Sunday, with mercury touching an unbearable high of 48.1 degree Celsius amid a punishing heatwave in the country’s northern region. Unfortunately, little to no relief is expected in the coming days as the weather office, earlier in the day, issued a warning of a severe heatwave for northwest India, including a Red alert for Rajasthan.

“We have issued Red Alert for Rajasthan for an intense spell of the heatwave, and a Yellow alert for tomorrow. Similarly, we have issued an Orange alert for Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, eastern Madhya Pradesh and Delhi,” said a senior scientist at the Indian Meteorological Department or IMD, Naresh Kumar.

Several pockets of the national capital also witnessed record temperatures with 49.2 degrees at Mungeshpur and 49.1 at Najafgarh.

“Talking in general, most parts of Northwest India, including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have experienced heatwave to severe heatwave conditions yesterday. Vidarbha also experienced the heatwave conditions,” said Mr Kumar.

The IMD uses four colour codes — green (no action needed), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action)– for weather warning.

It said the heatwave could lead to “moderate” health concerns for vulnerable people — infants, elderly, people with chronic diseases — in affected areas.  “Hence people of these regions should avoid heat exposure, wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose, cotton clothes and cover the head by use of cloth, hat or umbrella etc,” the Met office said.

The country suffered its hottest March in more than 100 years and April saw many places, including Delhi, recording unusually high temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius on most days.

Assam Press