Delhi records warmest night in 12 years at 35.2°C amidst severe heatwave

With no respite from heatwave conditions, hospitals in Delhi-NCR are seeing an influx of patients with complaints of heat stroke and exhaustion.
A child rests near a portable fan on a hot summer day amid heatwave, in New Delhi.
A child rests near a portable fan on a hot summer day amid heatwave, in New Delhi.Photo | Express

NEW DELHI: Delhi recorded its warmest night in 12 years on Wednesday, with minimum temperatures not dropping below 35.2 degrees Celsius, almost 8 degrees significantly above the season’s normal of 27.5 degrees Celsius.

The previous record for the warmest night was in June 2012, when the temperature reached 34 degrees Celsius. Just a day earlier, Delhi had recorded its warmest night of the season at 33.8 degrees Celsius. 

The ongoing heatwave has led to a surge in heat stroke and exhaustion cases in Delhi-NCR hospitals. Medical professionals are advising the elderly and those with compromised immune systems to stay indoors to avoid the severe heat.

In response to the extreme temperatures, Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj announced that the Delhi government-run hospitals will allocate two beds each specifically for heatstroke patients, while LNJP Hospital will reserve five beds. 

Relief from the sweltering heat may be on the horizon, as a private weather forecasting agency predicts light rainfall on Thursday due to a new western disturbance. This could bring some much-needed respite to the city.

Nevertheless, doctors have advised the elderly and immuno-compromised patients to avoid stepping outdoors.

(With inputs from PTI)

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