Mercury still above 40° C, claims more victims
On Monday, the temperature dipped, but pre-monsoon showers seem a long way off, reports Avishek Dastidar.delhi Updated: Jun 12, 2007 01:15 IST
Delhi Police said the sweltering summer claimed nine victims on Monday, a day when the mercury decreased to 41.1 degrees Celsius from Sunday's 45.
According to the police, three people succumbed to the heat in Lajpat Nagar, while two were found dead in Kalkaji. The other deaths were reported from Okhla, Srinivaspuri, Sangam Vihar and Badarpur.
As per the Met department's predictions and private meteorologists, Monday's temperatures were a vast relief from the previous day.
This breather came in the form of moist winds known as easterlies blowing from the rain-hit eastern parts of the country.
"The rains have reached Allahabad. Moreover, this cool relief is expected during this time of the month. The easterlies will stay for a few more days," said the duty officer at the Safdarjung Met office.
As reported in the Hindustan Times so far, the heat wave has been the result of hot northwesterly winds blowing from the deserts of Rajasthan. On Monday, the Capital's air had around 73 per cent of moisture as opposed to around 40 per cent earlier.
Buoyed by the slight reprieve, Delhiites went outdoors to beat the heat. "41 degrees is no less hot but compared to what we have been subjected to all this while, it feels a lot cooler," said Maitreyi Banerjee, a college student and resident of Bharti Nagar, while enjoying an ice cream at the India Gate lawns.
There is some good news for optimists. The Met department has predicted a rather cool Tuesday with the mercury settling at 40 degrees Celsius. "It will be humid, partly cloudy and there could be a dust storm and thunderstorm as well," the weatherman said.
However, there is still no sign of pre-monsoon showers that is supposed to drench the city this time of the season. "There are no rain-bearing clouds in sight," he said.
Along with Delhi, there is some good news for several neighbouring areas as well. The National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting has also predicted isolated dust storm or thunderstorm over Punjab, Haryana, and west Uttar Pradesh in the next few days.