Rain in Delhi: Heatwave abates as light rain gives Delhiites relief | Delhi News


NEW DELHI: Delhi breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday with a partly overcast sky bringing down day temperatures. The mercury dropped several notches more in the evening as strong winds swept across the capital and many areas got light rain.
Trace rainfall was recorded at both Safdarjung and Palam weather stations till 8.30pm. Parts of southeast Delhi, including Kalkaji Extension, Tughlaqabad Extension, Govindpuri and Govindpuri Extension received light rain.

“There was no heatwave in Delhi on Thursday,” said a Met official. “The National Capital Region and neighbouring states benefited from the effect of easterly winds. In the evening, there was a light dust storm and thunderstorm accompanied by very light rain and winds blowing at a speed of 50km per hour.”

The temperatures slid from their highs of the previous few days, with Safdarjung recording 40.3 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, while Palam logged 41.8 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal. The station at Lodhi Road recorded 38.4 degrees Celsius, two below normal, and the maximum temperature at Ayanagar was 40.4 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal.
The forecast for Friday is a partly cloudy sky with a dust storm or thunderstorm accompanied by very light rain and possibly a squall (speed 50-60 km per hour). The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to be around 38 and 29 degrees Celsius respectively.
As for the air quality, it was a “moderate” day for the capital on Thursday with an AQI of 188, according to Central Pollution Control Board.
On Tuesday, Delhi had touched a record maximum temperature for the month of May in 18 years. The high that day recorded at Safdarjung, which is taken as the weather base for the city, was 46 degrees Celsius, six degrees above normal, the highest yet this season and the joint highest since May 2002.
The all-time high for May at Safdarjung is 47.2 degree logged on May 29, 1944. Palam’s figure that day of 47.6, six notches above normal, was also the highest this season and joint highest since May 2010. The all-time record for Palam for the month is 48.4 degree Celsius on May 26, 1998.

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