The heat wave that has gripped Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) will continue for the next four days with mercury firmly placed at 45 degrees Celsius. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted less or no respite from the scorching heat till Monday. There is also a possibility of mercury touching 47 degrees Celsius mark on Sunday.
The Palam Observatory recorded 45.4 degrees Celsius on Friday, four notches above normal. The minimum temperature settled at 26.7 degrees Celsius. The Safdarjung Observatory, meanwhile, saw mercury touch 43.6 degrees Celsius, which was three degrees above normal. The minimum temperature for the day was 23.8 degrees Celsius.
Delhiites can hope to have some respite from the searing heat in the middle of next week when rain or thundershowers are expected to bring the temperature down by few degrees. It is likely to remain 42 degrees Celsius till Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the body of a 45-year-old man was found on the roadside in Sector 65, Noida on Friday morning. According to the police, the man may have died because of heat stroke.
According to eyewitnesses, there were no external injury marks on the body.
"I was parking my cab under the shade 10.30 am and when I reversed my car, I saw the body lying on the roadside. There was no external injury mark on the body," said Amit Kumar, a witness.
Kumar than called the helpline (100) and a police team reached the spot within half an hour. "The exact cause of death can be ascertained only after the autopsy report comes," said Amit Kumar Singh, SHO, Phase 3 police station.