Weather in Delhi today: Mercury will settle at 39 degrees, partly cloudy skies expected
The maximum temperature in Delhi on Tuesday is expected to be 39 degrees Celsius, according to forecasts from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). A partly cloudy sky is forecast for the day.
The maximum temperature on Monday was 40.8 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal, at the Safdarjung weather station. The maximum temperature at Mayur Vihar and Lodhi Road weather stations was below 40 degrees on Monday – 38.5 and 39.8 degrees, respectively.
For the past 24 hours, Delhi has recorded a hot night, with the minimum temperature standing at 28.5 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal for this time of year. Relative humidity at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday was 60%.
An IMD bulletin released on Tuesday morning indicates that heatwave conditions are expected to ease in most parts of the country from Tuesday. The maximum temperature in northwest India is forecast to drop by three to four degrees over the next 24 hours and rise thereafter. The maximum temperature in Delhi is expected to rise over the next six days. It could rise to around 41 degrees by May 6 and another 43 degrees by May 8.
A disturbance from the west brought respite from the heat wave that started last week. A dust storm or thunderstorm is forecast for Delhi on Wednesday. Dust storms, thunderstorms and wind gusts of around 40-50 km/h are likely over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh and Rajasthan over the next two days, according to the IMD.
On Monday, the air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was 218, in the “poor” category, with PM2.5 and PM10 as the main pollutants. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, the average 24-hour AQI at most monitoring stations was in the “moderate” or “poor” categories. In Anand Vihar, the AQI was 199, in the “moderate” category, while it was 208, in the “low” category, in Mandir Marg.