Delhi records the highest mercury count on Thursday.

Delhi records the highest mercury count on Thursday.

Parts of Delhi on Thursday have exceeded the 44-degree Celsius mark recording the highest temperature this year so far. "It is the hottest day in March since March 31, 1945, when the national Capital recorded a maximum of 40.5 degrees Celsius," Srivastava said. Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD's regional forecasting center, said the Safdarjung observatory, which provides the Capital's representative, recorded a maximum temperature of 40.1 degrees Celsius, eight notches more than normal. Delhi, at this part of the year, is facing severe heat waves.

According to IMD, a heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is more than 40 degrees Celsius in the plains and at least 4.5 notches above normal. A severe heatwave is declared if departure from normal temperature is more than 6.5 degrees Celsius.

Source: HT

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