Scorching wind from west to lash Delhi
After a brief respite from the heat, the Capital is all set to witness scorching days, starting this weekend.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said on Friday that both day and night temperatures will remain about two to four degrees above normal, and may even touch 40 degrees Celsius by next week.
The day and night temperatures between Saturday and Monday are expected to hover between 38 and 39 degrees Celsius.
After record rainfall earlier in the week, minimum and maximum temperatures had come down a few notches. On Friday, the day temperature hovered around 36 degrees Celsius. The Saturday morning, however, is expected to be warmer. Officials attributed this rise in temperature to the warm westerly winds.
“The wind from from the west in April. When hot winds come from Rajasthan and adjoining areas, they heat up the atmosphere, leading to a rise in temperature,” IMD Deputy Director-General D Pradhan said. He further said that the temperature of 40 degrees Celsius in April is certainly above normal, but is entirely natural. “The gradual rise in temperature is a normal phenomenon,” he said.
Delhi University (DU) student Ayushi Khanna is already worried about the coming days. “The rains had brought such a relief. But the days are getting hotter again. If the temperature goes above 40 degrees Celsius now, it will be impossible to move out. One feels dizzy during the day,” she said.
Meanwhile, according to IMD, in the plains of the country, the highest maximum temperature of 44.2 degrees Celsius was recorded at Chandrapur in Vidarbha on March 31 and at Banda in Uttar Pradesh on April 2 this year.