Delhi's scorching May: Hottest since 2013 with five heatwave days, severe rain deficit

While the IMD does not predict heatwave conditions for Safdarjung from June 2 to 6, the maximum temperature is still expected to remain above 40°C, ranging from 42°C to 44°C over the next six days.

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On Friday, the maximum temperature reached 45.8°C. According to data from the IMD, Delhi has experienced its hottest May in terms of average maximum temperature since 2013. At the Safdarjung weather station, the city's primary observatory, the average maximum temperature in May was 41.4°C. The last time a slightly higher average was recorded in May was in 2013, with 41.5°C.

Hottest May recorded 

This May, the highest maximum temperature at Safdarjung reached 46.8°C, the highest for May at this station in 80 years. With parts of Delhi and northwest India facing heatwave conditions over the past two weeks, the Safdarjung observatory recorded five heatwave days in May this year, with maximum temperatures of 45°C or more. In contrast, there were no heatwave days in May last year.

Nights were warmer 

This May, nights were warmer than in recent years, with an average minimum temperature of 26.5°C. The last time a higher average minimum temperature was recorded was in 2016, at 27°C. Additionally, May ended with a significant rainfall deficit. Delhi received only 0.4 mm of rainfall, compared to the normal 30.7 mm, resulting in a 99% rain deficit.

Heatwave to continue for more days

Meanwhile, Safdarjung experienced heatwave conditions for the sixth consecutive day on Friday, with the maximum temperature reaching 45.8°C, six degrees above normal. The highest maximum temperature in the city on Friday was 49.6°C, recorded in Northwest Delhi's Mungeshpur. Heatwave conditions are expected to persist in isolated parts of Delhi on Saturday. However, an IMD bulletin issued on Friday indicated that the heatwave affecting northwest, central, and east India is likely to abate over the next two to three days. Light rainfall is anticipated in the national capital over the weekend, according to the forecast.

While the IMD does not predict heatwave conditions for Safdarjung from June 2 to 6, the maximum temperature is still expected to remain above 40°C, ranging from 42°C to 44°C over the next six days.