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At 48 degrees, Delhi creates new record

NEW DELHI, JUN 10 (IANS) | Publish Date: 6/10/2019 11:33:15 AM IST

Heatwave in Delhi peaked on Monday, with the mercury touching 48 degrees Celsius, the highest in the history of the national capital. Thanks to dry winds from Rajasthan and Pakistan, the temperature in Delhi surpassed the previous highest of 47.8 degree Celsius which was recorded on June 9,2014.

The Palam observatory of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded the temperature of 48 degree Celsius after 3 p.m., an official of the state-run weather forecaster said. “Today was the hottest ever day in the history of Delhi,” the official added.

The IMD’s observatory in Safdarjung, however, recorded the maximum temperature at 45.6 degrees Celsius. According to private forecaster Skymet, absence of rains over the past two weeks and dry westerly winds led the temperature to soar substantially on Monday.

“There has been no pre-monsoon activity in the past two weeks. So no rains. Also, westerly dry winds from Pakistan and Rajasthan contributed to intensifying the heatwave situation,” Skymet Director Mahesh Palawat said.

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