New Delhi: The winter seems to be ending early this year as Delhi witnesses warmest February in the last 15 years. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the national capital experienced the warmest day in the month of February on February 24 (Wednesday) at 32.5 degree Celsius in the last 15 years. The maximum temperature in Delhi was 6-7 degrees Celsius above normal.
The Safdarjung weather station recorded the maximum temperature at 32.5 degrees Celsius. According to the data provided by the IMD, the last highest temperature recorded in the month of February was on February 26, 2006 at 34.1 degrees Celsius. The humidity levels also went up to 100 per cent on the same day with minimum temperature at 12 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal.
According to a tweet shared by the IMD, the higher temperatures over the plains of Northwest India is mainly attributed to the absence of any weather system and prevalence of southwesterly surface winds causing advection of heat from west Rajasthan towards the region.
4/4 The higher temperatures over the plains of Northwest India is mainly attributed to (i) absence of any weather system and (ii) prevalence of southwesterly surface winds causing advection of heat from West Rajasthan towards the region.— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) February 24, 2021
Although February is warmer than usual, this winter, Delhi experienced seven cold wave days in the month of January, which is the highest number in the month since 2008.
Experts say that the weather pattern in the last few months can be attributed to the lack of western disturbances this season. Western disturbances help in regulating the temperature and make sure that maximum and minimum temperature doesn’t get extreme.
Between 2009-2020, the hottest temperature of Delhi was recorded on February 21, 2017 at 32.4 degrees Celsius. In 2020, the highest temperature recorded in the month of February was at 27.8 degree Celsius, in 2019, it was 28.2 degrees Celsius and in 2018 it reached up to 32.0 degree Celsius.