After a pleasant April,the Capital can expect May to be less hot than usual as well. Officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said temperatures this month are expected to be normal or slightly below normal,with rains on the cards in the coming days.
While a one-degree rise in temperature is expected from Wednesday to Thursday,the effect of the rise will be reduced by thunderstorms,which are expected on May 6 and 7,said Dr B P Yadav,IMD Director.
On Wednesday,temperatures in the city recorded a rise of more than one degree from Tuesdays maximum of 36 degrees Celsius. A maximum of 37.7 degrees Celsius,one degree below normal,and a minimum of 20.5 degrees Celsius,four degrees below normal,were recorded.
Met officials attributed the dip in maximum temperatures to western disturbances,which brought nearly 10 days of thunderstorms to the city.
Usually,western disturbances shift northward when April begins. This time,they were farther south,and in the last 20 days of April,there were 10 days of thunderstorms.
There were no long breaks between the wet days,which prevented temperatures from rising, Dr Yadav said.
For Thursday,the Met department has predicted temperatures of between 40 and 21 degrees Celsius.