After a gruelling week, in which the mercury soared up to 45 degrees Celsius in Delhi resulting in a heat wave, the weather department is expecting some relief over the next few days.
The regional weather forecasting centre in New Delhi has predicted that there could be a dust storm on Tuesday, followed by rain and a thundershower on Wednesday. This could bring down the temperature to around 41 degrees.
On Sunday, the day temperature at Safdarjung, which is considered to be a representative of the city’s weather, was recorded to be 44.2 degrees Celsius. It was four degrees above normal.
“This is not a heat wave condition. Heat wave is a condition when the maximum temperature of a place shoots beyond 40 degrees Celsius and it is at least five degrees above the normal,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior scientist with the regional weather forecasting centre.
But even though the core city didn’t record a heat wave, other areas such as Palam, Aya Nagar and the Ridge area, experienced heat wave as the temperature in these areas was at least five degrees above the normal.
While at Palam the mercury touched 45.8 degrees Celsius, at Aya Nagar and the Ridge area the day temperature was recorded to be 45.9 degrees and 44.9 degrees respectively.
The city had recorded the season’s first heat wave on Saturday when the mercury shot up to 45 degrees, which was five degrees above the normal.
“We are expecting a dust storm on Tuesday followed by some rain on Wednesday. This could bring down the temperature to around 41 degrees by Wednesday in all places including Safdarjung, Palam, Aya Nagar and the Ridge area,” said Srivastava.
Officials said that while a western disturbance is approaching, moisture laden easterly winds are also likely to gather strength.
The intense heat, the approaching western disturbance and the moisture being brought by the easterly winds are paving the way for some rain which, in turn, could bring some relief, this week.