IMD Clarifies Error in Temperature Recording of 52.9°C in Delhi’s Mungeshpur

IMD Clarifies Error in Temperature Recording of 52.9°C in Delhi's Mungeshpur

IMD Clarifies Error in Temperature Recording of 52.9°C in Delhi's Mungeshpur

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has clarified that the reported maximum temperature of 52.9 degrees Celsius in Mungeshpur, Delhi, on Wednesday was likely due to a sensor error or a local factor affecting the reading. 

According to the IMD, temperatures across the Delhi NCR region varied from 45.2 degrees Celsius to 49.1 degrees Celsius, with the Mungeshpur reading standing out as an anomaly. The department is currently investigating the data and sensors to confirm the cause of this discrepancy.

The IMD’s examination of this outlier temperature comes as residents of Mungeshpur described experiencing extreme heat conditions. Locals reported that several people, including children, had to be hospitalized due to heatstroke and other heat-related issues. The situation was exacerbated by a power outage caused by a transformer explosion at 11 pm, leaving the area without electricity throughout the night.

Despite the IMD’s ongoing investigation, residents affirmed that Wednesday was indeed the hottest day they had ever experienced. Mungeshpur’s recorded temperature was significantly higher than other areas in Delhi, where the highest temperature previously recorded was 48.4 degrees Celsius in Palam.

IMD Director-General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra emphasized the need to verify the data, given the unusual nature of the reading. “Mungeshpur was an outlier. We have 17 observatories in Delhi and the temperature in Mungeshpur was very different from the rest. Delhi has never seen such high temperatures; the previous high was 48.4 degrees in Palam. This is why checking the data is a must. I would request everyone to wait for that to happen,” Mohapatra stated.

The IMD continues to monitor and validate the temperature data to ensure accurate weather reporting and address any anomalies promptly.