New Delhi: On Tuesday, After 13 days of brutal heatwave, a cloud cover cocooned Delhi, causing temperatures to drop below 40 degrees Celsius for the first time this month, the India Meteorological Department said.
The observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 39.6 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature settled at 31.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal. The maximum temperature was recorded at 43.7 degrees Celsius on Monday.
The Indian Metrological Department said, “Light intensity rain/drizzle would occur over & adjoining areas of isolated places of West, South-West, South, SE Delhi & NCR (Noida, Dadri, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, Manesar, Ballabhgarh) Farukhnagar, Kosali (Haryana) Gulaoti, Siyana, Sikandrabad (UP) during next 2 hrs.”
The weather department also issued a yellow alert in Delhi, a warning for thunderstorms or light rain over the next six days (till June 20). It has also said that consecutive western disturbances and lower-level easterlies predicted in the forthcoming days are likely to keep the heat in the national capital at bay.
The latest heatwave, which has been marked by dust storms, and hot and dry westerly winds, started on June 2. Pre-monsoon activity is expected to pick up by June 16 and the maximum temperatures are predicted to dip by seven to eight notches in the subsequent two-three days.