The city will be partly cloudy, the maximum temperature can reach 38 degrees

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The maximum temperature in Delhi dropped to 35.2 degrees Celsius on Thursday, three degrees below normal, due to a western disturbance affecting northwest India.

On Friday, the maximum temperature is expected to be 38 degrees Celsius and partly cloudy skies are expected. The minimum temperature recorded early Friday was 22.8 degrees Celsius, which is around normal temperature for this time of year.

The drop in maximum temperature provided relief from recent heat waves the city has witnessed, with temperatures consistently staying above 40 degrees Celsius through the week. On Thursday, the city experienced cloudy skies, strong winds and very little precipitation. Between 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., Safdarjung meteorological observatory recorded 0.3 mm of precipitation, while Palam station recorded 0.2 mm. Ridge and Lodhi Road weather stations recorded traces of rain on Thursday.

Other weather stations in Delhi-NCR also recorded lower maximum temperatures on Thursday. It stood at 35.9 degrees in Gurgaon, while Najafgarh recorded 37.2 degrees and Pitampura 36.6 degrees.

The drop in maximum temperature should be short-lived. Forecasts from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) indicate that a maximum temperature rise of two to four degrees is likely in most parts of northwestern India over the next three days. Hence, the maximum temperature in Delhi is expected to again reach 40 degrees on April 25 and reach 43 degrees Celsius on April 28, as forecast. The minimum temperature over the next six days is expected to be between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius.

The AQI on Thursday was 296, in the “poor” category. Strong winds kicking up dust are likely over the NCR, Rajasthan and Gujarat on April 23-24, according to a forecast released by the Air Quality Early Warning System on Thursday. PM10 and dust are the predominant pollutants, according to forecasts.

PM10 levels remained elevated at several monitoring stations on Thursday. In Anand Vihar, the PM10 concentration at 10 a.m. Thursday was 1,110 µg/m3, more than 10 times the 24-hour standard of 100 µg/m3. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium monitoring station, the PM10 concentration peaked at 1,806 µg/m3 around 1 a.m. At around 01:30, the IMD had issued a strong wind forecast for Delhi-NCR.

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