Dusty winds, light rains bring down mercury in Delhi

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New Delhi, June 4 (PTI) Delhi witnessed a sudden change in weather on Friday as dusty winds accompanied by light rains hit the national capital.

The rains brought a much-needed relief to Delhiites reeling under hot and humid conditions.

It is likely to be the first time since 2014 that the city may not witness a heatwave in summers.

No heatwave has been recorded at Safdarjung observatory, which is considered the official marker for the city, till now.

Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 39.5 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season''s average. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26.1 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.

Strong winds up to a speed of 60 km/hr swept through the national capital.

Till 5.30 pm, the Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered official for the national capital, had recorded 3.2 mm of rainfall.

Palam recorded a maximum temperature of 38.4 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 26.2 degrees Celsius along with 9.4 mm of rainfall.

Lodhi Road witnessed 1.6 mm of rainfall and recorded a maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 25.3 degrees Celsius.

The strong winds added to the woes of farmers protesting at the Delhi borders against the Centre's three new farm laws.

'Around 100 tents have been affected and damaged due to the strong winds and rains. The protesters will spend the night inside the trolley and the tents will be erected tomorrow morning,' farmer leader Gurmeet Mehma said.

Another farmer leader Sarwar Singh Pandher said the food items have also been affected.

'It happens every time when this kind of a situation comes in front of us,' he added.

The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy skies with the possibility of very light rains/thundershowers on Saturday.

The maximum and minimum temperatures will likely hover around 39 degrees Celsius and 24 degrees Celsius.

On Thursday, the national capital recorded a high of 38.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below the normal temperature, and a low of 24.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees below the normal temperature for this time of the year. PTI SLB GVS SNE

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