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Heat makes way for dust storm

The maximum temperature in the past few days had consistently stayed above the 40-degree Celsius mark.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: May 20, 2015 2:11:19 am
dust storm, Delhi dust storm, delhi weather People take cover from a dust storm in the capital on Tuesday. (Express photo by Renuka Puri)

After enduring days of sweltering heat, Delhi residents got some respite, albeit a “gritty one”. A duststorm and light showers helped pull the mercury down on Tuesday.

The city was overcast since afternoon, with the duststorm hitting the capital a little after 4 pm. “An 80-km per hour wind started at 4.15 pm and brought with it a lot of dust. Visibility dropped to 500 metres at the Indira Gandhi International Airport,” Rajendra Jenamani, India Meteorological Department director (IGIA), said.

He said the duststorm was a result of the severe heat that Delhi has been facing in the past few days.

The maximum temperature in the past few days had consistently stayed above the 40-degree Celsius mark.

On Monday, the maximum temperature touched 43 degree Celsius. “When it gets too hot, a vacuum is created. This, in turn, results in strong winds blowing inwards towards the vacuum. Such strong winds that bring in dust are normal in Northwestern India,” Jenamani said.
The respite the weather brought was obvious on most faces.

Ravi (23), who sells ice-cream at India Gate, said, “On most days, I am tempted to help myself to some of my own ice-cream to keep cool. But on days like this, I can enjoy the weather. Business is better too, since more people want to come out of their AC homes.”

The duststorm was paired with a light drizzle. According to the Met department, the city received traces of rainfall and humidity oscillated between 28 and 69 per cent.

While the maximum temperature for the day was 41.5 degree Celsius — two degrees above normal — the minimum temperature was recorded at 28.5 degree Celsius, three notches above normal.

The weatherman has predicted clear skies on Wednesday. “The sky will remain clear and the temperature is expected to be between 42 and 28 degree Celsius,” a Met official said.

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