Now that we're in the dog days of summer it can be easy to forget that we're still technically in spring. However, for those of us who live on Earth and not on Ceti Alpha V, things are heating up! This year's first heatwave has officially hit New Delhi with a high temperature of 43 degrees Celsius (109 Fahrenheit). To make matters worse, this was actually the third consecutive day that Delhi experienced such high temperatures.
What's causing these abnormal conditions?
The hot weather is a result of the Indian Meteorological Department's prediction of an el nino event, which is caused by a warming of ocean currents in the equatorial Pacific. El ninos bring increased humidity and precipitation, as well as unusual heat waves.
What's been done about it? As summer season comes to an end, seasonal rainfall has already begun across India.
At 43 degrees Celsius, Delhi witnesses its first heat wave this year on Wednesday. The Capital's average summer day temperature has risen by 4-5 degrees in the past few days with hot and humid weather.
The city is set to see its hottest day this year at 45 degrees Celsius on Thursday and Friday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast. In fact, from July 29 to August 10, Delhi would be experiencing more than 60% of these days reaching 45°C or above.
The IMD forecast says central Delhi is going to see a maximum of 47°C for Wednesday and Thursday followed by 44°C on Friday.
The severe heat wave in Delhi has been noticed in Lodhi Road, Ridge and Pusa areas where the temperature had been raised to 42.6°, 43.4° and 44.3° celsius respectively in all the areas.
The severe wave of heat has struck many areas and has touched from more than 6.5° C which is more than the normal temperature.