Dust storm, a brief spell of rain and the few hailstones that took the Capital by surprise on Sunday could not bring down the temperature.
The maximum temperature recorded on Sunday breached the 43 degree Celsius mark — making it the hottest day of this season so far.
Though most parts of the city were pleasant by evening, the weatherman has added that the Sun will recover from this minor setback within 24 hours and will remain well above the 40-degree mark in the coming days.
“The rain will not have much impact on the temperature. Our forecasts shows that the mercury is likely to settle around the 41-degree Celsius mark on Monday,” said the duty officer at the Met office.
On Sunday, the maximum temperature was 43 degree Celsius, a good four notches above the normal.
“The rain was caused to western disturbances. A system was developing in North Pakistan region and that resulted in rain,” added the duty officer. Even the minimum temperature remained three degree Celsius above the normal level at 21.1 degree Celsius.
In the forecast for the coming week, the Met department has predicted more dust storms and thundershowers. “Since there is little moisture in the system, the chances of dust storm are more. This will not affect the temperature to a great extent. Till Wednesday, there is a possibility of sporadic shower and dust storm,” said B.P. Yadav, spokesman, Meteorological Department (IMD).
Sunday’s rain came as a welcome relief from the sweltering heat. “Pleasant weather in Delhi is a rarity and that too on a weekend. We had no plans to go out but the hailstorm changed it all. We made the most of it and went out with our family. Even after dinner, we went out for a long walk,” said Reshmi Nair, a resident of IP Extension area.