Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Delhi logs highest min temperatur­e this year

- Press Trust of India

NEW DELHI: At 31.4 degrees Celsius, Delhi on Wednesday recorded the highest minimum temperatur­e this year so far, according to the India Meteorolog­ical Department.

The maximum temperatur­e is likely to cross the 42 degrees-celsius mark during the day. Light rainfall over the weekend is likely to provide some relief from the heat, it said.

Also, the city’s air quality deteriorat­ed to the upper end of the poor category due to the dust-carrying winds blowing from Rajasthan.

The air quality index (AQI) value was 287 at 9:30 am. The 24-hour average AQI was 205 on Thursday, according to Central Pollution Control Board data.

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’S regional forecastin­g centre, said dust-raising winds are blowing in from Rajasthan. “This is expected to continue till Friday,” he said.a low-pressure system forming in the Bay of Bengal may lead to rainfall in the national capital over the weekend, which will bring down the temperatur­e and pollution levels, he said.

On Tuesday, Delhi recorded a maximum of 41.7 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal. The Safdarjung Observator­y, considered the official marker for the city, has not recorded any heat wave so far this summer.

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