New Delhi: The national capital has recorded the second hottest April in the past 72 years, going by data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The average maximum temperature in April this year was 40.2 degrees Celsius, the highest since 2010 when it reached 40.4 degrees Celsius on average. Only twice in the last 72 years, starting in 1951, has the average maximum temperature in April exceeded 40 degrees — in 2010 and again in 2022. At the Safdarjung weather observatory, which offers typical statistics for the city, the average temperature in April last year was 37.3 degrees, while it was even lower in 2020, at 35.3 degrees.
The third heat wave of the summer has already arrived in Delhi. The highest temperature in Safdarjung on Friday was 43.5 degrees, five degrees above average, marking the second day of the national capital’s heat wave. On Friday, the highest temperature was approximately 40.4 degrees at 11.30 a.m., well before midday.
Other meteorological stations in Delhi reported even higher temperatures: the Ridge in north Delhi achieved 45.7 degrees for the first time this season, while the CWG Sports Complex in East Delhi beat Thursday’s 46 degree temperature to reach 46.4 degrees on Friday. The maximum temperature in Gurgaon was 45.9 degrees Celsius, the highest so far this season.
The lowest average maximum temperature in Safdarjung in April in the last 72 years was 30.57 degrees in 1983, approximately 10 degrees lower than the average maximum temperature this year.
Heatwave conditions are expected to continue over the weekend. The maximum temperature in northwest India is unlikely to move significantly until May 2, after which it might drop by two to three degrees.