Delhi’s temperature crossed 35 degrees on Wednesday for the first time this season. The weatherman said the mercury will touch 40 degrees in the first week of April.
According to a Met official, a western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining North Pakistan that has induced a cyclonic circulation over Central Pakistan and Punjab is the behind this sudden rise in temperature.
“The maximum temperature on Wednesday was recorded at 35.7 degree Celsius, five notches above normal for this time of the year. This increase in temperature is because of the western disturbance. The minimum temperature clocked 18.2, a degree above normal. But the maximum temperature is not expected to touch 40 anytime this month. It might in the first week of April,” the official told HT.
Western disturbances create a pocket of wind and pressure differences, which also changes wind directions, influencing temperature levels in northwestern parts of India.
With the change in wind pattern to warm and humid easterlies, night temperatures will increase.
According to the Met official, a partly cloudy sky with a possibility of spells of thundershowers is expected on Thursday. The maximum and minimum temperature is predicted to be around 36 and 19 degree Celsius, respectively.
“These weather systems could also cause strong winds over few parts of Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana. From March 24, however, it will continue to be warm and sunny,” the official said.
According to the Met’s seven-day forecast, on Friday and Saturday, the maximum temperature will see a small dip and is expected to be around 33 degrees. On Sunday, it is expected to rise again 35, and on Monday and Tuesday it will be around 36 degree Celsius.
The humidity level on Wednesday oscillated between 83 and 29%.