May weather in India
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Delhi/ 13.2mm rain/ 38.3°C falls to 25°C, dust storm: 2018
From The Times of India 3 May 2018
2018 Dust storm, sudden rain bring relief from heat
The capital saw a sudden dust storm followed by heavy rain that brought the mercury down by several notches.
The Safdarjung observatory, considered as the base for weather in the capital, received 13.2mm of rainfall between 5.30pm and 8.30 pm, while several other parts of the capital reported intense showers. Met officials said the rain was caused due to a cyclonic circulation forming over Haryana, which also resulted in the dust storm.
Met officials say the dust storm hit the capital around 4.30 pm, with Safdarjung recording a maximum speed of 59km/hr at 4.45 pm. A drizzle was reported around parts of the capital around 5.30 pm and the intensity increased by 7pm, during which the temperature fell to around 25 degrees, officials said. Operations were also affected at the IGI airport during the time and 15 flights were diverted.
Delhi had also received light rain on Sunday night due to favourable local conditions like high temperature and moisture. The humidity levels on Wednesday, meanwhile, were between 38-66%, met official said.
Earlier in the day, Delhi had recorded a maximum temperature of 38.3 degrees Celsius , while the minimum was 27 degrees Celsius—two notches above normal. The regional met has forecast cloudy skies on Thursday and the maximum likely to be around 36 degrees Celsius. A drizzle may occur in some parts.
Rajasthan to Jharkhand, Telangana: Superstorm kills 129/ 2018
Superstorms across India kill 129, shatter homes and lives
Major Damage In UP, Raj; 46 Dead In Agra
Severe thunderstorms lashed many parts of the country on [the night of 2May 2018], killing at least 129 people in the last 24 hours and leaving a trail of destruction, with houses flattened, trees uprooted and electricity poles in disarray. The maximum devastation occurred in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, where the storms claimed 112 lives.
Uttar Pradesh reported 73 deaths, of which 46 were in Agra district alone. As many as 39 people died in Rajasthan, followed by seven in Telangana, four in Uttarakhand and two each in Jharkhand and Punjab.
The fury of unusually strong winds and heavy rains lasted for up to three hours in many places.
“Concrete houses came down like packs of cards one after the other. Trees, streetlights and whatever stood taller than a few feet were flattened by the winds. We took out victims from debris of houses and ferried them to hospitals on motorcycles,” Narendra Sharma, the SHO of Kheragarh police station in Agra district, told TOI after spending the night in rescue ops.
With 24 deaths, Kheragarh tehsil in Agra near UP Rajasthan border bore the maximum brunt of the storm in the district.
Deaths were reported from other parts of the state too. These included three each in Bijnor and Kanpur Dehat, two each in Saharanpur, Hamirpur, Mirzapur and Kanpur city; and one each in Bareilly, Pilibhit, Chitrakoot, Rae Bareli, Unnao, Mathura, Amroha, Banda, Sitapur, Sambhal, Etawah, Allahabad and Rampur. Nearly 90 people were injured in the state. The UP government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for the families of the deceased.
In Rajasthan, home minister Gulab Chand Kataria put the toll at 33 on Thursday, but unofficial sources said it had climbed to 39 by evening. Over 200 people have been injured in the storm which affected Bharatpur, Dholpur and Alwar districts.
After a horrifying night, Thursday morning brought in a host of woes as people woke up to disruption in water and power supply. As many as 12,700 electricity polls were uprooted and 1,523 transformers damaged in the three districts. More than 50,000 trees were destroyed.
The Rajasthan government rushed ministers to the three districts on Thursday while chief minister Vasundhara Raje is scheduled to visit the affected areas of Bharatpur on Friday. “Seventeen persons have died in Bharatpur, nine in Alwar and five in Dholpur district due to the dust storm,” Kataria said.
In Uttarakhand, casualties were reported from Almora, Udham Singh Nagar and Haridwar districts.
In Telangana, heavy rains triggered by a cyclonic circulation killed seven people across the state. Strong winds plunged many areas in Hyderabad into darkness. Deaths were reported from Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda and Warangal districts.
In Punjab, two people were killed in Patiala city when the boundary wall of an underconstruction house collapsed on them. The victims died on the spot within minutes.
In Jharkhand, two women were killed in Sahibganj district when they were struck by lightning.
Why the storm was so intense
‘Perfect conditions’ gave deadly edge to storms: Met
More Intense Than IMD Had Predicted
Multiple factors lined up perfectly to cause the widespread thunderstorms and dust storms that claimed more than 110 lives across Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand on Wednesday, Met officials said. At several places, the storms were more intense than predicted.
While squalls and dust storms are a common April-May phenomenon in north India as a result of high heat, what gave Wednesday’s storms more destructive power was their association with a western disturbance (WD), Met officials said.
“The thunderstorms coincided with a passing WD which provided moisture and unstable conditions, leading to storms across a wide area,” said K G Ramesh, director general of India Meteorological Department. The department had issued alerts for “isolated heavy thunderstorms” in the region with wind speeds of 40-50kmph. But winds reportedly reached higher speeds at several places.
“This can happen due to local gustiness within the zone of precipitation. These are accentuated by land features which enable winds to reach higher speeds due to tunnelling effect. Generally, the winds were within the range we had forecast” Ramesh said.
“Four weather conditions need to come together for thunder squalls to take place. One, there should be adequate heating of the land; two, there must be moisture in the air; three, the atmosphere should be unstable and, four, there must be a triggering mechanism,” said M Mohapatra, DGM, IMD.
All these conditions were met on Wednesday, Mohapatra said. “Surface temperatures were high and moist easterly winds were blowing up to Himachal Pradesh. The atmosphere was unstable and a cyclonic circulation over Haryana and its neighbourhood provided the trigger for the storms,” he said.
2018 storms were the most lethal since 2013
Winds Hit 126kmph In Agra
The severe thunderstorms that hit north India and some other regions last Wednesday (May 2) unleashed the most devastation by any single-day storm event in the country in the past six years, for which data was compiled by the India Meteorological Department.
TOI had reported 129 deaths in the storms in north India, Jharkhand and Telangana on May 2. That’s nearly double the toll from the previous worst thunderstorm event since 2013, in which 65 people died in Bihar on April 21, 2015.
The data was compiled by IMD’s climate monitoring section, which relies on media reports on deaths from these weather events.
That the May 2 storms were a particularly destructive extreme weather event is also indicated by wind speed figures from the IAF’s Kheria airbase near Agra. These show that at 20.45pm that night winds touched 68 knots
(125.93 kmph) — speeds that prevail during a Category 2 cyclone. “The wind speed of close to 126kmph lasted for 5-10 seconds. The steady wind speed during the storm was recorded at 58 knots
(107.41kmph),” said a Wing Commander-level officer.
“All conditions necessary for storms were present on May 2, and more. Significantly, strong easterly winds brought moisture into north India which amply fed the storms, giving these a destructive edge,” said M Mohapatra, DGM, IMD.
IMD’s data on thunderstorms reveals that these weather events are underrated killers. These storms are usually localised events and hence do not make major news. IMD’s data shows that as many as 388 people died in thunderstorms in 2013. While the casualty count has been slightly lower in subsequent years, 2018 could see another spike since more than 170 lives have been lost on just two stormy days this year — May 2 and April 11.
Delhi, Rain, traffic jams, 39.5°C/ 24.8°C; 2019
Light bout of rain and windy conditions on Friday provided the much-needed respite from the scorching dry heat in Delhi. The weatherman said a number of areas in the city recorded light rainfall accompanied by cool breeze. The maximum temperature on Friday touched 39.5 degrees Celsius — one notch above normal — an improvement from earlier 41 degrees Celsius.
According to BP Yadav, head, IMD’s regional meteorological centre, the evening rain was due to a combination of western disturbance in the region along with the influence of cyclone Fani in the Bay of Bengal.
“Due to the impact of the cyclone, easterly winds prevailed in UP, Delhi, Haryana and other parts of north India. This brought moisture intrusion along with thunderstorm and rain not only in Delhi, but the entire region,” Yadav told TOI.
The sudden burst of evening rain also caused traffic snarls at several places. The Outer Ring Road stretch near RTR flyover seemed to be the worst affected due to the construction work. Other areas nearby like Sarai Kale Khan, Akshardham, Changdi Ram Akhara and Punjabi Bagh were affected too. Another major snarl was reported near Lodhi crematorium due to an ongoing DJB work, which left a portion of the road unpaved.
The relief, however, will last only for two-three days before the maximum temperature starts to rise. The minimum temperature on Friday was 24.8 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year.
Uttarakhand, HP: Kedar: 3” snowfall/ Keylong minus 0.3°C; Gangotri: avalanche/ 2018
Rough weather struck north India on Tuesday, as forecast by the Met department, bringing dust storms and rain at many places in the plains and rare late-season snowfall in the higher reaches of the Himalayas that left at least 2,500 pilgrims stranded near the Kedarnath shrine.
The Kedarnath yatra was halted on Tuesday morning following 3 inches of snowfall in the Kedar valley. Among those stuck along the 16km trek route to the Himalayan shrine were former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat and Kedarnath MLA Manoj Rawat. According to the district emergency operation centre, over 2,200 pilgrims were halted at Sonprayag, 200 at Lincholi, 350 at Gaurikund and 60 at Bhimbali.
“Due to bad weather in Kedarnath, most devotees have been asked to stay in Sonprayag and wait for the pilgrimage to resume. They are being accommodated in hotels and guesthouses,” he said. Gangotri and Yamnotri in Uttarkashi district received up to six inches of snowfall on Tuesday, with temple priests at both shrines claiming that this was the first time in eight years that snowfall had occurred at this time of the year. But unlike Kedarnath, snowfall did not disrupt the yatra in Gangotri and Yamnotri.
State Met department director Bikram Singh said snowfall in May was unusual and a “rare phenomenon”.
In Himachal Pradesh, snow, hailstorms and rain lashed many parts, with reports of damage to crops, blocked roads and landslides in some areas. Devastating hailstorms in Shimla district damaged apple crop and a thick white sheet of hailstones was seen across the city. At -0.3°C, Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district, was the coldest inhabited place in the state. The Met department in Delhi said thunderstorms were observed at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, among other places in the rest of the country.
Porter buried alive, 40 trekkers stuck as avalanche hits Gangotri National Park
Delhi: 34.7°C max/ light rain/ 64 km/hr dust storm/ 2018
The capital saw strong winds on Monday night as a dust storm lashed late with the speed touching a maximum of 64 km/hr around 11pm. While Delhi was prepared for something similar on Tuesday, it received a dust storm of a much lower intensity, with light rain recorded in parts of the national capital region, while winds blew at 35 km/hr on Tuesday night. Met officials said while they had forecast a dust storm of speed touching close to 50 km/hr — a majority of the thunderstorm activity took place in the early hours of Tuesday itself, resulting in no activity in the afternoon.
Six diversions were also reported on Monday night as the strong winds affected operations at the IGI airport, also causing delays. However, the intensity was much lower on Tuesday night.
“Most parts ofnorthern India were hit by the dust stor m and thunderstor m on Monday night itself and the intensity peaked at 11.03pm when the wind speed touched 64/km hr. These squall conditions also took place overnight and this is why there was no activity in the morning or afternoon as we had earlier forecast,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at the regional Met office.
“Parts of Noida, Ghaziabad and north Delhi received light rain on Tuesday night and wind speed was close to 35 km/hr as another dust storm struck the capital, but this was lower in intensity and this activity is normal for May,” said Srivastava.
On Monday, a number of agencies had geared up with a disaster management helpline activated, while government bodies issued advisories on what precautions could be taken. The Delhi Metro had also stated they would stop trains if wind speed exceeded 90 km/hr on Tuesday.
The maximum temperature on Tuesday was recorded at 34.7 degrees Celsius — four notches below normal, while a similar maximum temperature is forecast for Wednesday.
Delhi/ 42.8°C max: 2018
Friday saw the hottest day of the season with the mercury touching 42.8 degrees Celsius at Safdarjung, three degrees above normal.
Maharashtra,Chandrapur/ 46.6°C; 2nd hottest in world / 2018
At 46.6°C, Maha district second hottest in world
From the world’s fourth-hottest city, Chandrapur or Chanda became the second hottest on Saturday with a maximum temperature of 46.6 degree Celsius. Among the world’s 15 hottest cities, 13 are from India.
An international website ‘El Dorado Weather’ ranked Wardha and Nagpur as the world’s 5th and 15th hottest cities respectively, for the day. The world’s hottest city was Nawabshah in Pakistan, sizzling at a maximum temperature of 47.5 degree Celsius.
The maximum temperature of Wardha was 45.9 degree Celsius on Saturday and it was the second hottest in the region after Chandrapur.
Delhi NCR/ 109 kmph squall, dust storm; 40.8°C; .2mm rainfall; 4 dead: 2018
Over 70 flights were diverted from IGI airport and several departures were affected after runway operations had to be shut down due to “wind shear”.
FOUR DEAD IN NCR: Strongest Thunderstorm Activity Of Season Uproots Trees, Affects Flight, Rail & Metro Operations
A squall and dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph barrelled through Delhi and neighbouring areas on Sunday, affecting flight, rail and metro operations and uprooting trees. At least four people died and 26 were injured in the national capital region.
According to Met officials, the highest wind speed during the squall was recorded at 109km/hr at Safdarjung, followed closely by Palam at 96km/hr. Dark grey clouds started gathering around 3pm and, within an hour, much of Delhi, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida were plunged into darkness. People rushed for cover even as the strong winds and poor visibility affected traffic.
“The storm was quite intense, but it cleared up in a matter of hours. Such activity is common during this time of the season as Delhi has high temperatures and easterly winds with moisture are blowing. We also had a western disturbance affecting the region that led to the thunderstorm,” a senior met official said.
The capital’s maximum temperature during the day had touched 40.8 degrees Celsius at Safdarjung and 41.3 degrees Celsius at Palam — before the sudden change in the weather. Till 5.30pm, Safdarjung had recorded 4.2mm of rainfall while Palam received 0.8mm during the same period.
At least two loss of lives were reported in Delhi. Police said Sumwati Devi (56) was killed when a tree branch fell on her head near Patpargunj in east Delhi. In another incident, a 19-year-old Rohit died in southeast Delhi’s Jaitpur when construction material fell on him. Till late night, 75 trees were removed, officials added.
As many as 75 poles came crashing and 61 cases of tin sheds/brick-roof wall collapse were reported, police said.
In Ghaziabad, at least one person was killed and six injured in different incidents. The deceased was identified as Rajkumar alias Raju (40) of Bulandshahr. According to police, Raju was killed when a tree uprooted by the strong winds fell on his car in Lal Kuan area. “Four other persons were injured in the incident,” police said. In a separate incident, two minor girls, aged 13 and 15 years, respectively, were injured in Pasonda village in Sahibabad as the wall of a house collapsed on them. In Noida, a 42-year-old woman died and her son was injured after a large hoarding collapsed on their bike during the dust storm in Noida Extension on Sunday evening. The woman was identified as Jaimun Nisha, a resident of Haibatpur village in Bisrakh. Her son Imran (21) is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Noida.
Gurgaon, too, was greeted with a storm, followed by sporadic showers. Visibility was totally obscured by dust whipped up by heavy winds. Residents had to close their windows and doors to keep the dust off their rooms. The situation was severe in new sectors, where winds whipped up clouds of dust from the vast open fields that sprawl across the area. In several places, the wind also knocked down trees.
(With agency inputs)
UP, Bengal, Andhra/ 39 dead in storm; 2018
Road, Rail & Air Traffic Also Hit Across N India
Dust storms and thunderstorms wreaked havoc in Uttar Pradesh, Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, killing at least 39 people and leaving behind a trail of destruction.
UP bore the brunt of a thunderstorm and hail that left at least 18 dead, while 12 people including four children were killed in Bengal, nine in Andhra Pradesh, and two in Delhi, officials said.
At several places in north India, including Delhi, highvelocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and air services. According to the India Meteorological Department, thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Sunday.
In Bengal, at least 12 people, including four children, were killed and over 15 injured in lightning strike amid heavy rain, an official of the state disaster management department said. In Andhra Pradesh, nine persons were killed in lightning strikes.
K Sathi Devi, head of National Weather Forecasting Centre, said two western disturbances had led to the inclement weather. PTI
Delhi, rain; 40.2 °C/ 25.4 °C; humidity 40> 67%/ 2019
Overcast conditions through the day and strong showers later at night brought some relief from high temperatures in the capital.
“A western disturbance is affecting the region and there will be an increase in moisture levels. At present, there is high dust suspension and this could lead to further deterioration as the moisture begins to trap these dust particles,” said a senior Met official.
The maximum temperature on Monday was recorded at 40.2 degrees Celsius — one degree above normal for this time of the season — with a relative humidity of 40% to 67%. Delhi’s minimum temperature was recorded at 25.4 degrees Celsius.
“Due to the recurrent western disturbance, the region is prone to convective activity for the next 3-4 days. Moisture incursion from Arabian Sea is ongoing and is leading to increased thunderstorm activity in northwest India,” said SAFAR’s forecast.
Delhi/ 38.2°C / 39.7°C:2018
After rain relief, brace for hotter days The Times of India
Delhi’s maximum temperature was recorded at 38.2 degrees Celsius on 15 May, two notches below normal for the season, while Palam was the hottest location with a maximum of 39.7 degrees Celsius.
Delhi, 1.4 to 3mm rainfall, 35.7°C/ 24.3 °C; 2019
[Mercury unlikely to shoot up for a week, says MeT Mercury unlikely to shoot up for a week, says MeT | The Times of India]
After waking up to an early morning rain on Wednesday, Delhiites witnessed a pleasant day with the maximum temperature in the capital clocking 35.7 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal.
The light shower was caused by a western disturbance. At Safdurjung, 1.4mm rainfall was recorded till 5.30pm. Palam recorded 1.8mm rainfall till 8.30am while it was 3mm till 5.30pm at Najafgarh.
The minimum temperature on Wednesday was 24.3 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal.
Delhi/ 40.2 °C/ 42 °C / 98 km/hr: 2018
The capital witnessed another strong thunderstorm in the early hours. The squall saw several trees uprooted, damage to electricity poles and even flight disruptions during its brief spell as wind speed touched 106km/hr at Palam.
Officials at the airport said that while this was the seasons strongest squall, the impact on flights had been minimal as it occurred in the wee hours of Wednesday, resulting in three flight go-arounds and one diversion.
The change has been due to localised conditions. The temperatures have been very high and there has been high moisture in the air.
Met officials at the airport said the impact of the overnight storm was for around 2 hours. In terms of aviation impact at the IGI airport, this was the lowest impact as compared to the storm of April 6, May 2 and May 13  when a total of 32, 12 and 78 diversions took place respectively. The maximum speeds during these storms were 84, 80 and 95 km/hr, said an airport met official.
The maximum speed at the Safdarjung observatory taken as the base for Delhis weather reached 98 km/hr during the squall period, officials said. Meanwhile, Wednesdays maximum temperature was recorded at 40.2 degrees Celsius and Palam recorded a high of 42 degrees Celsius.
Traffic control received 53 calls related to falling of trees and 6 calls about fallen poles during the dust storm The SDMC control room received 21 calls of fallen trees and three calls of partially collapsed debris.
Delhi/ 72 km/hr wind; 30°C; light rain: 2018
The capital witnessed yet another thunderstorm on Thursday evening, with skies becoming overcast around 5pm as wind speed went up to 50-70 km/hr. The mercury levels, which had touched a maximum of 41.2 degrees Celsius during the day, fell to around 30 degrees C as strong winds were felt across NCR. However, officials say its intensity was much lesser as compared to last two dust storms recorded over the past week.
Met office said that wind speed touched 72 km/hr at Palam while a maximum speed of 71 km/hr was recorded at Safdarjung, with both places recording a trace of rainfall as well. IGI airport also saw visibility drop following this, coming down from 4000 metres to around 1500 metres. Thunderstorm and light rain continued till 7.45 pm with gusty winds of 65km/hr. It brought down evening temperature by 7 to 8 degrees Celsius, said a Met official at the airport.
Officials said the weather activity can be attributed to a western disturbance with easterly winds and high temperature in the region creating ideal conditions for such localised storms.
Delhi, 2.4mm rainfall; 37.4°C/ 24.6°C; 2019
The mercury plunged in the evening on Friday as strong showers lashed parts of city. Flight operations were disrupted at IGIA, with as many as 22 diversions till the time of going to press. Delhi’s maximum temperature was recorded at 37.4 degrees Celsius — three notches below normal for this time of the season — with overcast skies seen in most parts of the capital through the day. According to the regional met department, Safdarjung station received 2.4mm of rainfall between 8.30am and 5.30pm. Other stations like Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar, too, received light to very light showers in the same period. The minimum temperature was 24.6 degrees Celsius — two notches below normal.
Delhi/ 41.6°C; 26.7°C; Humidity 24% to 55%/ 2018
Delhi’s maximum temperature on Friday was recorded at 40.6 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 26.7 degrees Celsius. The hottest location in the capital was Palam with a maximum of 41.6 degrees Celsius.
Humidity, meanwhile, oscillated between 24% and 55%, officials said.
The national capital region over the past two weeks has seen a number of thunderstorms with squally winds that crossed 100km/hr on multiple occasions. The effect of the storms has also been such that several trees were uprooted over the past week while power outages, flight and metro disruptions were also reported.
Andaman, Nicobar: Monsoon arrives two days early/ 2019
The southwest monsoon advanced to the South Andaman Sea, some parts of South Bay of Bengal and the Nicobar Islands on Saturday, two days before its normal date — May 20.
A statement issued on Saturday by India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, “In view of the strengthening and deepening of cross-equatorial flow, and enhanced cloudiness and rainfall in association with a cyclonic circulation at mid-tropospheric levels over the Andaman Sea, southwest monsoon has advanced into the South Andaman Sea, some parts of the South Bay of Bengal and the Nicobar Islands.”
It stated that the major feature of the onset of monsoon was the widespread rainfall over Nicobar Islands during the past 48 hours. IMD officials said the monsoon’s early advent over parts of Andaman Sea had no connection with its possible arrival at Kerala.
Delhi/ Dust storm; 41.4 °C: 2018
19 May 2018 | The Hindu]
A dust storm hit the Capital on Saturday afternoon. The city experienced a sultry day with the mercury settling at 41.4 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season’s average. [ The Hindu]
Delhi/ 44.2°C mx, 27°C mn, Humidity 21> 47%: 2018
Delhi sizzled at 44°C on Monday, the hottest day of the season. Humidity levels oscillated between 21% and 47% on Monday. The minimum temperature recorded at Palam was 27 degrees while at Safdarjung, it was 25.5 degrees Celsius. (The Times of India )
On Monday, the minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded at 25.5 and 26.4 degrees and 41.8 degrees Celsius [Safdarjang], respectively. ([| PTI])
Delhi/ 46°C mx, 26.2°C mn, humidity 45> 15%: 2018
NEW DELHI: The national capital on Tuesday recorded its hottest day of the season with the mercury soaring to 46 degrees Celsius in some parts of the city.
The Safdarjung observatory, whose recording is considered official, registered a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average, a Met department official said.
Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar observatories recorded maximum temperatures of 46, 43.3, 44.3 and 44.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.
The minimum temperature settled at 26.2 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, the official said.
The humidity level oscillated between 45 and 15 per cent.
Delhi/ 45.2 °C/ 43 °C, ‘heatwave’ is declared 2018
Maximum temperature recorded at 45.2 degrees Celsius at Palam, while Safdarjung scorched at a high of 43 degrees Celsius. ‘We have declared a heatwave…,” said a met official. A ‘heatwave’ is declared when temperatures are above 40 degrees Celsius and more than four degrees above normal.
Delhi/ 43 to 44.1°C:2018
The maximum temperature at Safdarjung — taken as the base for Delhi’s weather — was recorded at 43 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal for the season. Palam, meanwhile, was the hottest location in Delhi with a maximum of 44.1degrees Celsius. Both locations have been witnessing temperatures 3 to 6 degrees Celsius above normal for the last four, Met officials said. Warm winds continued to blow during the day, adding to the discomfort.
Delhi/ 45.5°C: 2015
Safdarjung was the highest on May 26, 2015 when a maximum of 45.5 degrees Celsius was recorded.
Delhi: 46.2°C Palam’s hottest since 2015/ 45°C Safdarjung: 2018
Saturday was the highest at Safdarjung after three years as the mercury touched 45 degrees Celsius — five notches above normal. Palam also recorded its highest maximum temperature of the season at 46.2 degrees Celsius.
Met officials also pointed out that the last time when Palam hit 46 degrees Celsius, Safdarjung had a maximum of 44 degrees. However this time, the difference between them is just 1.2 degrees Celsius, which points towards the fact that the inner city is also heating up a lot. “This could be because on the first day of the heatwave on May 22, it was not uniformly spread, but as it has settled over the period, the temperature difference between the outer and inner parts of the city has been reducing,” said an official.
Meanwhile, a wildlife body claimed that two kites were rescued from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office after the birds collapsed due to severe heat exhaustion and dehydration. Wildlife SOS said its veterinarians were providing care to the birds.
Kerala: Rainfall; ‘It is not monsoon,' says IMD: 2018
With Kerala receiving good rains on Monday, private weather forecast agency Skymet Weather has announced the onset of monsoon in the state and arrival of the rainy season in India.
The national weather forecaster — India Meteorological Department (IMD) — however remained cautious, saying the monsoon will hit Kerala in the next 24 hours (on Tuesday) as predicted by it 10 days ago.
Skymet Weather, which had predicted May 28 (Monday) as the onset date, said: “The wait for arrival of much awaited southwest monsoon 2018 has finally come to an end on Monday. As per weathermen, all the criteria required for declaring onset of monsoon over the Indian mainland have been met.”
The technical aspects of the monsoon (as seen by Skymet and IMD) apart, the rains have arrived in Kerala with reports of wet conditions.
The southwest monsoon normally sets over Kerala on June 1. It advances northwards, usually in surges, and covers the entire country around July 15. The early onset this year may send a good signal for farmers as they may now start kharif sowing operation a bit early. Well-distributed normal rainfall invariably helps to expand acreage and increase production.
The IMD, however, stuck to its own prediction of May 29 as date of onset. Mritunjay Mohapatra, its additional director general, told TOI that the agency will formally announce its arrival on Tuesday after observing “consistency of all its parameters on the second day”. “Kerala got good rains on Monday and all the conditions are favourable. We’ll go by our own definition and criteria to formally announce the onset of monsoon,” he said.
Shimla/ Water crisis: 2018
Railway staff protested against water scarcity at Shimla. The scenic hill station was witness to some not-so-picturesque scenes on Monday, with a worsening water crisis triggered by scant snowfall forcing residents of one of its suburbs to fetch drinking water from a crematorium. Hundreds of agitated citizens even blocked the national highway at Kanlog bypass for around two and a half hours: From The Times of India
Delhi/ 43.5° C- 44.4°C: 2018
There was a slight drop in the maximum temperature on Monday as easterly winds blew towards the capital. While Safdarjung recorded a high of 43.5° Celsius, Palam recorded a maximum of 44.4° Celsius — four notches above normal for the season. Delhi had been experiencing a ‘heatwave’ for the past week.
Delhi/ 47.2°C: 1944
The highest maximum recorded ever at Safdarjung was on May 29, 1944 when it touched 47.2 degrees Celsius.
Kerala/ Southwest monsoon arrives: 2018
June 1 is the official onset date for the arrival of monsoon in India
The southwest monsoon hit Kerala on Tuesday, three days before its scheduled arrival, says the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
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