Delhi records all-time high temperature of 48 degrees Celsius
Reeling under a prolonged heat wave, the mercury in parts of the Indian capital Delhi recorded an all-time high temperature of 48 degree Celsius today.
The city's previous high of 47.8 degree Celsius was recorded in Palam in south-west Delhi on June 9, 2014, reports our New Delhi
correspondent. "The Palam Observatory recorded an all-time high of 48 degree Celsius today. The factors that led to this are dry westerly winds, no effect of a western disturbance in the plains and intense heating in the month of June," said Kuldeep Srivastava, regional weather forecasting chief of India Meteorological Department.
The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded a high of 45.6 degree and a low of 27.2 degree Celsius.
Hot and dry winds swept the city, compounding the woes of those who had to venture out for work.
A heat wave is declared when the mercury touches the 45-degree mark for two consecutive days and a severe heat wave is when the temperature soars to 47 degree Celsius for two days on the trot, according to the India Meteorological Department. -AGENCIES