Indian capital, Delhi on Tuesday recorded its all-time high maximum temperature as the mercury touched 49.9 degrees Celsius, Report informs via Business Standard.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), some areas, such as Mungeshpur and Narela, registered temperatures of 49.9 degrees Celsius, 9 degrees Celsius above normal. Najafgarh also recorded 49.8 degrees Celsius.

Delhi’s primary observatory in Safdarjung noted the overall temperature at 48.5 degrees Celsius, five notches above normal. The highest temperature ever recorded in Delhi over the past 100 years is 49.2 degrees Celsius, clocked on May 15–16, 2022.

The record temperature is seen even as a ‘red’ alert warning has been issued for Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat. This alert indicates a very high likelihood of heat illness and heat stroke for all age groups. Explaining the reason behind the scorching heat, Mahesh Palawat, vice president of Meteorology and Climate Change at Skymet Weather, said, “In open areas with vacant land, there is increased radiation. Direct sunlight and lack of shade make these regions exceptionally hot.” He added, “When wind blows from the west, it affects these areas first. As they are on the outskirts, temperatures rise rapidly.”