A heatwave scorched parts of Delhi on Wednesday, while cloudy weather and gusty winds are expected to drop the mercury a few notches on Thursday.
The maximum temperature at the Safdarjung observatory – the capital’s base station – stood at 41.2 degrees Celsius from 42.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
The sports complex was the hottest place in the capital with a high of 44.3 degrees Celsius.
Meteorological stations at Ridge, Mungeshpur, Najafgarh and Pitampura recorded their maximum temperature above the 43 degree mark.
As of Tuesday, 8 of Delhi’s 12 weather stations had experienced “a heatwave in severe heat conditions”, recording a maximum temperature of over 43 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest day of the season.
The MeT Office predicted drizzle and thunderstorms over the capital on Thursday with winds blowing up to 40 kilometers per hour.
The scorching conditions could ease but the maximum temperature will remain higher than normal. The mercury will rise to 42 degrees Celsius by next week, an official said.
The capital recorded eight days of heatwave in April this year, the maximum for 11 such days seen during the month in 2010.
For the plains, a heat wave is declared when the maximum temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal.
A severe heat wave is declared if the deviation from normal temperature is more than 6.4 notches, according to the IMD.
The capital had recorded a maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius on April 21, 2017. The record high temperature for the month was 45.6 degrees Celsius on April 29, 1941.
The meteorological department had previously said that northwest India and adjoining parts of central India are likely to experience more intense and frequent heat wave conditions in April.