Temp touches 40°C, but rain to bring re­lief

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: Sum­mer in the cap­i­tal may well and truly be here with the max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture touch­ing 40 de­grees Cel­sius for the first time this sea­son on Mon­day.

Saf­dar­jung – the weather sta­tion taken as the base for Delhi’s weather — recorded the tem­per­a­ture at 40°Cel­sius, three notches above nor­mal while it reached a sea­son-high of 41.6 de­grees Cel­sius at Palam. Met of­fi­cials, how­ever, fore­cast a drop in tem­per­a­tures from Tues­day, with light rain fore­cast for Fri­day.

Of­fi­cials at the lo­cal met of­fice at­trib­uted the rise in tem­per­a­ture to a change in wind di­rec­tion and clear skies. Fore­cast for Tues­day shows the max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture in a sim­i­larly high range of 39°C. Delhi is also likely to see strong sur­face winds in the next two days, with an av­er­age speed of 20km/hr.

“West­erly and north-west­erly winds have re­sulted in the sud­den rise in tem­per­a­ture. Mer­cury will again drop from Tues­day as wind speeds will in­crease and light rain is likely to oc­cur on Fri­day,” said Kuldeep Sri­vas­tava, sci­en­tist at the met of­fice.

“Rain will oc­cur due an ac­tive west­ern dis­tur­bance af­fect­ing Jammu and Kash­mir and other north­ern states. This will re­sult in a cy­clonic for­ma­tion in Ra­jasthan, which will bring rain to Delhi on the night of April 19 and the morn­ing of April 20,” Sri­vas­tava added.

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