Even as the mercury touched the 43° Celsius mark in the National Capital on Wednesday, there would be no respite from the prevailing heat conditions in the northern part of the country. In fact, the weather department has predicted that the already sweltering conditions might get aggravated in the next few days and this is only the first heat wave spell. The temperature is likely to breach the 45° Celsius mark.

“We are experiencing the first heat wave spell in the northern belt. Heatwave conditions might become severe in the coming 3-4 days in Delhi-NCR, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. No thunderstorm/rain shower expected,” informed BP Yadav, Deputy Director General, India Meteorological Department (IMD).

On Tuesday, Delhi recorded the maximum temperature at 41.8° Celsius, a notch above normal and a low of 23° Celsius with hot and dry conditions prevailing while the humidity levels oscillated between 15 and 57 per cent, said the MeT department.

Private weather agency Skymet had said that weather will remain dry throughout the remaining days of May and a few areas of the Delhi-NCR region may witness heatwave conditions.

MeT officials had earlier predicted that the mercury will continue its upward trend this week.

(With agency inputs)