Delhi: Hot and sweaty capital calm after Saturday's storm

A sudden change in weather conditions from sweltering heat to thunderstorm and spell rains in some parts of Delhi and NCR gave a huge respite to Delhiites on Saturday. Weathermen have predicted that in the next 2-3 days, residents of the capital are likely to witness showers and thunderstorms.

Do keep your umbrella handy while waiting to cast your vote on Sunday. A sudden change in weather conditions from sweltering heat to thunderstorm and spell rains in some parts of Delhi and NCR gave a huge respite to Delhiites on Saturday.

Weathermen have predicted that the next 2-3 days are likely to witness showers and thunderstorm. "The skies will be partly cloudy and thundery developments with rain spells are likely in some areas," said a MeT official, adding that the maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 39 and 26 degrees Celsius.

According to the official, a dust storm hit the Safdarjung observatory at a speed of 39 km per hour on Saturday evening, with the maximum temperature being recorded at 39.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

Saturday's minimum temperature was recorded at 29 degrees, six notches above the normal, making it the highest in the last six years.

"The recording of the Safdarjung observatory is considered the official figure for the city. Traces of rainfall were recorded at the Ridge and Ayanagar," said a MeT department official.

MAX TEMPERATURE OF 40.4 DEGREES

The Palam observatory registered a maximum temperature of 40.4 degrees, while areas under Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar recorded a day temperature of 39.2, 39.7 and 40 degrees Celsius respectively, the official added.

Humidity levels oscillated between 64 and 39 per cent. On Friday, the maximum and minimum temperatures had settled at 40.2 and 28.9 degrees Celsius.

Neighbouring UP, Punjab and Haryana also witnessed showers. While light rains and thundershowers occurred at isolated places in eastern UP, the weather remained largely dry in the western part of the state.

Light rains also lashed several parts of Punjab and Haryana, providing much-needed relief to people from hot weather conditions.

Among several places in Punjab, Amritsar recorded the maximum temperature at 30.4 degrees Celsius, six notches below normal, as per the met department.

(With inputs from PTI)

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