The mercury touched a scorching 47 degrees Celsius in some part of the National Capital Region on Wednesday and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared an 'Orange Alert' asking people to take precautions against the heat wave.
"We advise people to stay cautious against the heat wave in Delhi. We are still gathering the latest data. We have declared an Orange Alert," a Met official told IANS.
According to private weather forecasters, the temperature in Palam and Noida soared to 47 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. The heat is mostly attributed to dry winds from the north-western direction.
"In Palam area of Delhi, the temperature reached 47 degrees Celsius. The condition in Gujarat is even worse as the temperature in Ahmedabad touched 50 degrees Celsius, later dropping to 49 degrees," private weather forecaster Skymet's director Mahesh Palawat told IANS.