Delhi records max temp of 38.2 degrees Celsius

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New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 38.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, three notches above normal, the India Meteorological Department said.

The minimum temperature settled at 20.4 degrees Celsius, a notch more than normal, it said.

The maximum temperature is predicted to dip by one to two degrees in the coming days under the influence of a western disturbance affecting the western Himalayas, an official said.

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the regional forecasting centre of IMD, had earlier said Delhi was unlikely to witness a heatwave till April 11-12.

For the plains, a 'heatwave' is declared when the maximum temperature is more than 40 degrees Celsius, and at least 4.5 notches above normal. A 'severe heatwave' is declared if departure from normal temperature is more than 6.5 degrees Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).