New Delhi: The minimum temperature rose a notch in the nation’s capital on Tuesday to 28.5 degrees Celsius and partly cloudy skies are expected later in the day.
Relative humidity at 8:30 a.m. was 60 percent, according to data shared by the Indian Meteorological Department.
Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 40.8 degrees Celsius on Monday, two notches above normal for this time of year.
The Safdarjung observatory – the capital’s base station – had recorded a maximum temperature of 43.5 degrees Celsius, the highest single day in April in 12 years, for three consecutive days ending on Saturday.
The temperature had dropped to 40.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday as easterly winds swept through the capital under the influence of a western disturbance.
Tuesday’s maximum temperature is expected to hover around 39 degrees Celsius.
Wednesday’s minimum and maximum temperature readings are expected to be 27 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius respectively, according to data from IMD.
A western disturbance affecting northwest India has dropped temperatures by three to four degrees Celsius in the capital.
“Another western disruption is forecast for May 4-5. No heat wave is likely in the city for at least two to three days,” an official said Monday.
The temperature is expected to hover around 40 degrees Celsius in the city until May 6.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) ranged from moderate to poor at various stations around 9:45 a.m., according to CPCB data.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.