Brief showers accompanied by dust storms across the capital brought down temperatures marginally Friday, with the minimum temperature settling at 28.4 degrees Celsius. This is
in line with the season’s usual minimum temperature, said experts.
They added that dust storms are an usual phenomenon this time of the year and are likely
to continue as monsoon approaches.
The maximum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung observatory was 41.1 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal. Officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the monsoon will bring the maximum temperature back in line towards the latter half of the month.
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The Palam observatory, meanwhile, recorded a maximum of 43.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal. The minimum temperature, however, remained the same at both stations.
Forecasts on the IMD website said it might rain this weekend. This, according to experts, will definitely bring respite from what has been one of the most hottest summers in the past few years. While rains so far this week have been mild and short, the weekend is likely to experience showers for longer durations.
The reason for this weather activity, according to experts, is the presence of a cyclonic circulation over Punjab and Haryana and a trough from this system extending up to West Bengal, hovering over Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Similar weather conditions were seen towards the end of May. At that time, dust storms and light showers had made temperatures drop by as much as eight degrees Celsius.