Red Alert in Delhi Till May 25: City Sweats Under Intense Weather Condition as Heatwave Turns Severe

When IMD issues a red alert for a heatwave, it indicates extremely dangerous weather conditions with temperatures expected to reach exceptionally high levels, posing a significant risk to public health and safety.
RED ALERT IN DELHI AS HEAT TURNS SEVERE

Check Delhi Weather 7-Day Forecast

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Delhi: The national capital is in the throes of a blistering heatwave as temperatures soared past the 47 degrees Celsius mark on Monday, which lead to the weather office to issue a 'red alert' for the next five days. The scorching heat has pushed the city's peak power demand to unprecedented levels for the month of May, leading the Delhi government to order immediate closure of schools that were yet to begin their summer vacations.
When IMD issues a red alert for a heatwave, it indicates extremely dangerous weather conditions with temperatures expected to reach exceptionally high levels, posing a significant risk to public health and safety.

Delhi 7-Day Weather Forecast

Delhi Weather 7-day Forecast
Delhi Weather 7-day Forecast
The relentless rise in temperatures has been observed over recent days, culminating in Sunday recording the highest temperature this summer at 44.4 degrees Celsius. Saturday wasn't far behind at 43.6 degrees Celsius, marking a noticeable increase from Friday's 42.5 degrees Celsius.
On Monday, the national capital witnessed the second-highest maximum temperature, a significant 3.7 degrees above the normal. Najafgarh, a locality in southwest Delhi, reported a staggering 47.4 degrees Celsius, just a notch below the record-breaking 47.8 degrees Celsius registered a day earlier. Other areas also sweltered under the intense heat, with Mungeshpur hitting 47.1 degrees, Aya Nagar at 45.7 degrees, Pusa at 46.1 degrees, Pitampura at 46.6 degrees, and Palam at 45.2 degrees.
The searing heatwave has particularly impacted low-income households, where access to water and cooling facilities is limited, and has posed challenges for individuals who must venture outdoors for work and errands.
In response to the extreme conditions, the Directorate of Education in Delhi has directed all government and private aided schools to observe summer vacation from May 11 to June 30. However, some private schools were found to still be operational during the ongoing heatwave, prompting authorities to advise their immediate closure.
Real-time data from the State Load Dispatch Centre revealed a record peak power demand of 7,572 MW, the highest ever for May. The surge in demand underscores the severity of the heatwave and the strain it places on the city's infrastructure.
Animals at Delhi's National Zoological Park are also feeling the heat, prompting authorities to enhance animal care measures, including the provision of water coolers, straw shelters, and fruit ice balls to help them cope.

How To Beat The Heat?

To combat the heat, the IMD recommends staying hydrated by drinking sufficient water and consuming oral rehydration solutions (ORS) or homemade drinks like lassi and lemon water. They talked about the importance of avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun and keeping cool to prevent heat-related illnesses.
With the temperature threshold for a heatwave surpassed and severe heatwave conditions prevailing, Delhiites are advised to take necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy during this sweltering period.
With inputs from PTI
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