The hottest day of this summer so far came to an end with strong winds, heavy with dust blowing across the Capital for hours on Thursday, which recorded a maximum temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal for this time of the year and several notches above Wednesday's maximum temperature of 40.8 degrees Celsius.
The heavy evening breeze, though laced with dust, came as some relief for the summer-weary citizens of the Capital as the maximum temperature for the past couple of days has hovered around 40 degrees Celsius, with hot winds blowing at periodic intervals during the day. The nights were hot and humid without even a hint of breeze. The minimum temperature also dipped several notches to rest at 25 degrees Celsius on Thursday evening, very different from Wednesday's minimum temperature of 28.4 degrees Celsius.
Thursday also experienced maximum humidity levels of up to 50 per cent and minimum humidity levels of 21 per cent.
To last a few more days
“Western disturbances over Pakistan and cyclonic winds in the north-west plains of Rajasthan caused the heavy winds and this is going to last for a few more days,” said India Metrological director B. P. Yadav.
The weatherman has even promised rain on Friday. “There will, of course be a similar dust storm, sometime in the evening. There are very strong indicators that there might even be a thunderstorm accompanied by light rain,” added Mr. Yadav.
While there will be no let-up in the sweltering heat with only a slight decrease of 2.6 degrees in the maximum temperature of 40 degrees forecast for Friday, Saturday will better with a maximum temperature of 38 degrees. Sunday promises to be even better with a maximum temperature going down to rest at 37 degrees.