After the sweltering heat of the past few days, Delhi can look forward to a cooler week ahead with the Met department predicting thunderstorms and rain.
A dust storm or thunderstorm on Monday evening could set the stage for showers on Tuesday and Wednesday and marginally lower temperatures, the weatherman said on Sunday.
The day saw the mercury touch 42.6°C, two notches above normal, while the minimum temperature was 30.6°C, three above the average. With the humidity hovering between 45% and 85%, the day was clammy and uncomfortable.
The maximum will be around 42°C on Monday and 40°C on Tuesday but the rain and thunderstorm could bring the minimum down to 29°C, said the forecast. The weekend is also set to be pleasant with rain on Saturday, bringing temperatures down further to 38°C (maximum) and 27°C (minimum).
Overnight rain last Sunday (May 29) had cooled down the city, bringing the maximum temperature down to 36.7°C, four below normal. But the relief had been short-lived.
It’s been a cruel summer for Delhi — and the rest of north India — with the Met last month issuing a red alert amid warnings of an intense heat wave. The Palam weather station, usually the hottest part of the city, had recorded a high of 47°C in May.
As the Capital waits for cooling showers, Kerala is ready to welcome the monsoon with the Met saying on Sunday that conditions were favourable for its onset over the next two to three days, reported IANS.
The southwest monsoon normally sets in over Kerala around June 1 before advancing northwards, covering the entire country around July 15. It usually arrives in Delhi on June 29.