NEW DELHI: Delhiites are grappling with an unrelenting and harsh summer as the scorching heat in the capital shows no signs of abating. The oppressive heatwave conditions and warm nights continue to persist in Delhi and its neighbouring areas, making it difficult for residents to find respite from the blistering temperatures. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a series of alerts for heatwaves in the region.

Delhi-NCR has also transformed into a scorching and blistering place with unbearable intense heat, making the lives of its denizens miserable. Residents have been forced to endure an extended period of extreme heat, with relentless high temperatures throughout the day and unbearable conditions at night.
Air conditioners have become ineffective, with water from taps boiling in the mornings. The IMD has issued a red alert underscoring the severity of the situation, with the heat index reaching 50 °C.
In the past 72 hours, the severe heatwave has claimed five lives due to heatstroke. Among the victims, a 50-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman admitted to Safdarjung Hospital on June 17 passed away. The woman died on Tuesday morning, while the man passed away earlier in the day. Additionally, a 40-year-old female laborer and a 60-year-old male security guard lost their lives at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital; the woman died on Monday, and the man on Tuesday evening. Another fatality was a 39-year-old car mechanic from Janakpuri, who was admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital on June 15 with a high fever of 106°F and died the following day.
Delhi has experienced its warmest night of the season, with the minimum temperature reaching 33.8°C on Tuesday, marking the warmest June night in six years. The relentless heat has pushed the city’s power consumption to new highs, with peak demand reaching 8,647 MW.
“A heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is above 40°C and the rise from the normal temperature is 4.5 degrees or higher. In a severe heatwave, either the maximum temperature must exceed 45°C or the increase should be 6.5 notches or higher. The warm night condition is observed when the maximum temperature is above 40°C and the departure for minimum temperature is above 4.5 degrees,” explains an official with the IMD.
The city recorded ten consecutive days of nighttime heatwaves at the Safdarjung base station, with heat stress persisting even after sunset. This marks the highest incidence of such conditions in the last 12 years. On Tuesday, the heat index reached 51°C, surpassing the 50°C recorded the day before.
Despite these severe conditions, a potential change in weather is on the horizon. “There are chances of a thunderstorm or a dust storm in the city followed by very light rain on Wednesday and Thursday. The skies will be partly cloudy. Thereafter, the temperature will start soaring from June 21 and heatwaves are set to strike again from June 23 onwards,” an official at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated. The IMD has issued a yellow alert for Wednesday and Thursday.
Forecasts indicate the maximum and minimum temperatures on Wednesday will be around 43°C and 33°C, respectively, and may slightly decrease to 42°C and 33°C by Thursday. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature at Safdarjung was 44°C, five notches above normal, compared to 45.2°C the previous day. The minimum temperature was 33.8°C, registering six notches above normal and the highest for June since 2018.
Specific areas have experienced even higher temperatures. On Tuesday, Pitampura recorded the highest temperature at 46.1°C, followed by Jafarpur at 45.5°C, Ayanagar at 45°C, the Ridge at 44.7°C, and Palam at 44.4°C. Meanwhile, the city’s air quality remained in the moderate range, with an average Air Quality Index (AQI) of 196.
The extreme conditions have posed significant challenges for daily life in Delhi. Air conditioners have become largely ineffective, and water from taps is heated to an uncomfortable degree during the morning hours. The enduring heat is making it increasingly difficult for residents to find any respite from the blistering temperatures.
The IMD continues to monitor the situation and provide updates, urging residents to take necessary precautions during this period of intense heat.