Approaching dust storm in Delhi may bring respite from heat on Tuesday

New Delhi: The regional weather forecasting centre in New Delhi predicted a probable dust storm on Tuesday, followed by rain and a thundershower on Wednesday.

After a sweltering week with the mercury soaring up to 45 degrees Celsius in the capital, the weather department is giving citizens some hope of rain over the next few days. The dust storm is expected to be followed by rainand thunderstorm, which might bring down the temperature to 41 degrees.

The temperature at Safdarjung area, representative of the city’s weather, on Sunday, was recorded to be 44.2 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal.

“This is not a heat wave condition. Heat wave is a condition when the maximum temperature of a place shoots beyond 40 degrees Celsius and it is at least five degrees above the normal,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior scientist with the regional weather forecasting centre to national daily HT.

This season’s first heat wave in New Delhi was recorded on Saturday when the mercury shot up to 45 degrees, five degrees above normal. “We are expecting a dust storm on Tuesday followed by some rain on Wednesday. This could bring down the temperature to around 41 degrees by Wednesday in all places including Safdarjung, Palam, Aya Nagar and the Ridge area,” said Srivastava to HT.

Officials also informed that moisture laden easterly winds are also likely to gather strength with an approaching western disturbance. These together are paving the way for some rain this week.