Temp touches 40°C, but rain to bring relief
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.