The minimum temperature in Delhi was fixed at 29 degrees Celsius on Saturday as it was cloudy in the morning after overnight rain and thunderstorms. The Indian Meteorological Department said the maximum temperature could reach 40 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature at Safdarjung Meteorological Center on Saturday was 29.6 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal.
Pre-monsoon rains are likely to intensify in Delhi and the National Capital Region by Sunday and continue till Tuesday, leading to a significant drop in temperatures in Delhi-NCR, private weather forecaster Skymet said in a report.
Strong winds, dust or thunderstorms and light rain were expected in parts of south and south-east Delhi and parts of NCR including Faridabad, Gurgaon and Manesar, according to a meteorological station update issued at 9 am for the next two hours. The wind speed in Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas is expected to be 30-40 kmph. Light to heavy rainfall is expected in isolated areas of the city, the bulletin said.
The meteorological office also issued a ‘yellow alert’ for Monday and Tuesday. The meteorological agency has forecast partly cloudy skies and drizzle for the next two to three days.
Strong winds, thunderstorms and rain lashed parts of Delhi on Friday. Safdarjung Meteorological Station recorded 0.8 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours, while Palam station recorded 2.4 mm of rainfall. The Aya Nagar Observatory recorded 3.3 mm of rainfall and one of the Lodhi Roads received 1.5 mm of rainfall.
This wet spell was introduced in northwestern India due to a Western problem. Rain and thunderstorms are also forecast for the western Himalayas in the next five days.
On Friday, Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 266, in the ‘poor’ category. Air quality is likely to be in the ‘poor’ category on Saturday, the Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi said.