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Delhi gets some relief as a massive heat wave in northwest India comes to an end

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The heatwave conditions across northwest India, including Delhi, have stopped, resulting in a temperature drop of 2-3 degrees, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

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Senior Scientist at IMD RK Jenamani told media on Tuesday, “The major spell of the heatwave is over. The heatwave will remit from tomorrow in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The impact of the heatwave was most seen in Delhi on April 9, 10, and 11. It was the highest in the first 15 days in the last 72 years. In Delhi, the heatwave remained for nearly 13 days.”

Wind and overcast conditions are expected in the national capital, according to Jenamani. He further said, “Due to the increased presence of clouds over Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan & Haryana, the temperature will decrease by 2-3°C and heatwave will remit. Delhi will have wind and cloud conditions. Predicted western disturbance is already showing effects over north-western India,” he added. 

A surge in hot conditions in Rajasthan around April 16 and a western disturbance two days later, according to the IMD official. “All India temperature was the highest in 122 years due to no rainfall in last 50 days. Heatwave conditions might arise in Rajasthan around April 16. Another western disturbance is expected from 18 April,” Jenamani told the news agency.

Furthermore, on Wednesday, the highest temperature in Delhi is expected to remain below 40 degrees.

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In Delhi, the lowest temperature was 21.7 degrees Celsius, according to the Safdarjung Observatory. The meteorological service has predicted that there would be no heatwave in Delhi for the next five to six days.

A mild Western Disturbance over the Himalayas and an induced cyclonic circulation over Punjab have brought respite to weather conditions in the lowlands, according to media reports.

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