An intense heatwave scorched parts of north India on Sunday, with the mercury at two weather stations in Delhi crossing 49°C—likely the highest ever recorded at any IMD station in the national capital.
Mungeshpur in northwest Delhi reported a scorching maximum of 49.2°C, nine notches above normal, while Najafgarh recorded 49.1°C (eight above normal). The reading at the two automatic weather stations were the highest recorded in the country this season, ahead of Sunday’s maximum of 49°C at Banda, UP.
Churu and Pilani in Rajasthan reported maximum temperatures of 47.9°C and 47.7°C, respectively, followed by Sri Ganganagar and Jhansi (47.6°C), Narnaul (47.5°C), Khajuraho and Nowgong (47.4°C) and Hissar (47.2°C), the IMD said.
The weather office said the maximum temperature was markedly above normal (5.1° or more) at several places in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Bihar. The mercury was 3.1°C-5°C above normal in parts of western and eastern Uttar Pradesh and eastern Madhya Pradesh.