“Air Conditioning has failed”, say citizens as severe heatwave grips north India

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Temperature hits 49 degrees in some parts of New Delhi.
  • IMD warned of heatwave conditions to continue and relief after dust storms.

New Delhi: Temperature crossed 47 degrees Celsius on Sunday in New Delhi and several other parts of northern India setting a record for the highest temperature in the year so far, said to be five notches above the normal.

People were seen covering their heads and faces to escape the scorching weather and consuming lemonade, juice, and other beverages to keep themselves hydrated.

“It is so hot that AC failed in my house,” said a Delhi resident, “it is scorching, I had two glasses of juice to feel better, and now I just want to go home.”

“Even at this hour (night), there is an influence of warm wind, it is difficult to even walk on the road,” said another local. The weather department has said that dry winds might lead to a further increase in temperature in northern India, while it has also predicted dust storms and mild showers in some parts.

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In Delhi’s satellite city of Gurugram, the temperature was recorded at 48.1 degrees, which was the highest since 1966. In Punjab’s Muktsar too, the mercury leapt to 47.4 degrees on Sunday. Meanwhile, many parts of Rajasthan, including Dholpur, Bikaner, Bundi, Sriganganagar, etc, recorded temperatures between 47-49 degrees. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) also said that the heatwave conditions are likely to continue over Northwest and Central India and the decrease in temperature and intensity of the heatwave will begin in another day.

Heat wave conditions likely to continue over Northwest & Central India today and decrease in intensity & distribution from tomorrow undefined

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The IMD has also predicted an early monsoon this year. However, it has so far been one of the hottest summers for northern India in 2022, breaking several records in the process.