The maximum temperature in Delhi is expected to reach 41 degrees Celsius on Saturday, according to forecasts from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Partly cloudy skies and the possibility of thunder and lightning are also expected on Saturday, due to a western disturbance that is over western Afghanistan.
The maximum temperature is likely to rise to 42 degrees Celsius on May 31, and heatwave conditions are predicted for June 1. Over the next six days, the maximum temperature in the city is expected to remain at 41 or 42 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature could be around 27 or 28 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature at the Safdarjung meteorological observatory has remained below 40 degrees for the past six days. On Friday, the maximum temperature stood at 39.3 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal. The minimum temperature recorded over the past 24 hours was 26.9 degrees Celsius, around normal for this time of year. At the Pitampura Meteorological Observatory, the maximum temperature reached 41.3 degrees Celsius on Friday, while it stood at 41.2 degrees at the CWG Sports Complex in East Delhi. The Ridge weather station in north Delhi recorded 40.4 degrees Celsius.
The western disturbance is also likely to bring rainfall to northern Punjab, northern Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan over the next two to three days, as well as the possibility of thunderstorms over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, according to the IMD forecast. .
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On Friday, as very light rainfall was forecast for Delhi, the Aya Nagar meteorological observatory recorded traces of rain, while other weather stations in the city remained dry. So far this season, the Safdarjung Meteorological Observatory has recorded 30.2mm of rainfall against a normal of 45.7mm.
Over the next couple of days there will likely be an increase in maximum temperatures over northwest and central India. IMD forecasts indicate that heatwave conditions are likely over parts of western Rajasthan on May 28-29.
Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi deteriorated to be in the “poor” category on Friday, with an AQI of 206. The AQI had remained in the “satisfactory” or “moderate” categories from the May 23.