Delhi heat wave: Mungeshpur is burning while Lodhi Road is cold… Know the story behind this strange game of Delhi's weather

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: The rain on Wednesday evening has brought some relief to the people of Delhi-NCR from the scorching heat of the last few days. The Meteorological Department also said that the temperature of Delhi will decrease for the next four days. According to IMD, the maximum temperature of Delhi may decrease by up to four degrees. However, apart from all this, for the last few days we have been hearing every day that three areas of Delhi, Narela, Najafgarh and Mungeshpur are experiencing the most heat. These three areas of the capital are the hottest. Even though the mercury has reached 50 in the capital, there were still some areas where the temperature remained slightly cold. Today the temperature of Lodhi Road is between 42 to 44. Let us know how is this possible?

How come the temperature at Lodhi Road is so low?

The data of the Indian Meteorological Department for the month of May shows that there is a difference of three to four degrees in the temperature at different weather stations in Delhi. Weather experts attribute these variations to geography and local factors that affect the temperature. On Tuesday, the temperature in Mungeshpur and Narela reached 49.9 degrees Celsius, while in Safdarjung it was 45.8 degrees Celsius, which was four degrees less than Mungeshpur. When the reason for this was searched, it was found that Narela is located in the western part of Delhi and faces hot winds coming from Rajasthan. Due to which the temperature here remains quite high.

On Wednesday, Safdarjung recorded a temperature of 46.2 degrees. The reason for the lower temperature here compared to other places in Delhi is the greenery here. Meteorological Department officials say that Safdarjung and Lodhi Road are not as hot as the western stations because they are located in central Delhi and there is more greenery in these areas. Due to more greenery, the environment here is also good which prevents the heat from increasing.

Why are Mungeshpur and Najafgarh in Delhi burning?

Meteorological Department official Kuldeep Srivastava said that dry and hot winds coming from the south of Rajasthan and Haryana affect areas like Mungeshpur, Najafgarh, Zafarpur and Narela more because these areas are located in the western part of Delhi. Apart from this, these areas have dry and open spaces like agricultural land which get heated quickly in direct sunlight. Dr. V Vinoj of IIT Bhubaneswar said that 30-35% of the change in Delhi's temperature is happening due to urbanization. Therefore, it is important to analyze its causes because due to climate change (not only in cities, but also in rural areas) the possibility of their occurrence will continuously increase.

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