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Gurugram weather: Cloudy, windy conditions bring relief from heat

By, Gurugram
May 17, 2022 03:40 AM IST

Gurugram: Cloudy weather and a change in wind pattern brought Gurugram residents relief from the relentless extreme heatwave on Monday as the maximum temperature in the region dropped to 44

Cloudy weather and a change in wind pattern brought Gurugram residents relief from the relentless extreme heatwave on Monday as the maximum temperature in the region dropped to 44.7 degrees Celsius (°C), a drop of 3.4 degrees from Sunday when the city recorded a maximum temperature of 48.1°C, the highest temperature in 56 years.

Gurugram, India - May 16, 2022: A squirrel is seen drinking water from a pot under a tree to get some relief from the heat on a hot summer day, in Gurugram, India, on Monday, May 16, 2022. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Gurugram, India - May 16, 2022: A squirrel is seen drinking water from a pot under a tree to get some relief from the heat on a hot summer day, in Gurugram, India, on Monday, May 16, 2022. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)

Officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Chandigarh said that cloudy skies and easterly winds, which are relatively cooler, helped reduce the temperature in the region by a few notches, and added that the temperature will remain relatively the same on Tuesday.

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They added that there was an average drop of three degrees in the maximum temperature across Haryana; however, Gurugram and Hisar remained the hottest places in the state, recording a maximum of 44.7°C on Monday. According to IMD, The minimum temperature in the city on Monday was 28.3°C, which is four degrees higher than normal.

Manmohan Singh, director, IMD, Chandigarh, said that because of the influence of a western disturbance there could be light to moderate rainfall in hilly areas while thunderstorms and gusty winds were likely over Punjab and Haryana on Monday and Tuesday. A western disturbance refers to an area of “disturbed” or reduced air pressure, moving from the west to the east, carrying with it moisture associated with rainfall, snowfall and fog in northern India.

“Meanwhile, there will not be any significant change in maximum temperature for the next couple of days and heatwave conditions will abate, but after Friday, we expect the temperature to rise and severe heatwave conditions can prevail. People should continue to take precautions while stepping out, particularly during the afternoon,” he said.

IMD declares a heatwave over the plains if the maximum temperature is 40°C or higher and 4.5 degrees above normal, with this criterion being satisfied over two consecutive days.

To be sure, the city had recorded a maximum temperature of 49°C on May 10, 1966, when the state was not even formed.

Residents of Gurugram, meanwhile, said that since March this year they had been subjected to a harsh summer, with the temperature rising to record levels, as well as several power cuts. “The harsh weather this year is a clear pointer to climate change. The government must take action,” said Mushtak Ahmed, a resident of Sector 23A.

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