On Saturday, the temperature reached 46.8 degrees Celsius, eight notches above normal . The hottest maximum temperature recorded in May so far is 47.2 degrees Celsius on May 28, 1998 .
Gurgaon (Georgia) – The mercury reached yet another peak on Saturday, approaching the 47 degrees Celsius mark, making it not only the season's hottest day but also one of the hottest on record.On Saturday, the temperature reached 46.8 degrees Celsius, eight notches above normal.The city is now experiencing its fifth season of heatwaves, starting on Thursday.On Friday, the daytime temperature reached 45.3 degrees Celsius, down from 44.1 degrees the day before.Gurgaon recorded the seasons highest maximum temperature at 46.2 degrees Celsius on May 2, 5 and 17.The met department also issued an orange warning for Gurgaon on Sunday, predicting a heatwave to severe heatwave conditions on Sunday, with a western disturbance likely to affect the western Himalayan region from Monday, which will bring temperatures down by 2 to 4 degrees Celsius in the coming days, according to the met department.During the next 24 hours, similar conditions are likely to prevail in the state.On Sunday, a heatwave or a severe heatwave is expected in many districts of south Haryana, including Gurgaon, according to Manmohan Singh, the head of IMD Chandigarh. On Monday and Tuesday, isolated areas in north and northwest Haryana are predicted to be plagued by light rain, as well as thunderstorms and gusty winds.Though the chances of rain are lower in south Haryana, dust storms and cloudy skies will help keep the temperature in check, Singh said.The department has encouraged people to avoid going out in the sun, wear light and loose cotton clothing, and drink plenty of fluids.The minimum temperature on Saturday was 27.3 degrees Celsius, four notches above the normal value. Through Saturday, the relative humidity index hovered between 35 percent and 44 percent, with minimum and maximum temperatures in the city expected to hover around 28 and 45 degrees Celsius, respectively.On Saturday, the city's air quality worsened, falling to the poorest level.The overall AQI was 235, up from 143 (moderate) the day before.Although Sector 51 and Teri Gram had a poor AQI at 297 and 219, it was moderate at Vikas Sadan (112).