Dust storm, light rain may lower temperature over the weekend
A dust storm, accompanied by strong winds, hit the city on Friday evening. A wind speed of 60-70 kilometre per hour was recorded by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) at 6.30pm.
According to the IMD, the storm was a result of a Western Disturbance. Another dust storm is expected on Saturday, followed by very light rain, said IMD officials.
“There isn’t much moisture in the air, so very light drizzle will occur in parts of the National Capital Region (NCR). Towards the evening, a dust storm with high-speed winds is very likely,” a spokesperson of the Meteorological department said.
“The next three to four days would see a generally cloudy sky with the possibility of light rain, thunder and lightning,” the spokesperson said, adding that the day temperature would fall by around three degrees during the same period. Rainfall is likely to continue till at least Wednesday, said IMD officials.
The maximum temperature on Friday was recorded at 41.5°Celsius—a marginal drop from Thursday’s daytime temperature of 41.8°Celsius.
The Met department has predicted that the dust storm and rain may lower Saturday’s maximum temperature to 40°Celsius. The mercury may further fall to 38°Celsius on Sunday and Monday as a result of continued thunderstorms and drizzle.
The minimum temperature on Friday was recorded at 30.5° Celsius—a rise of one degree Celsius from Thursday’s minimum temperature. The minimum temperature too is likely to fall to 29°Celsius on Saturday, and further drop to 27°Celsius on Monday, the IMD stated.
Meanwhile, according to the Central Pollution Control Board’s air quality index (AQI) monitor at Vikas Sadan in Sector 11, the city recorded poor air with a value of 279 on Friday. On Thursday, the AQI was 341 (very poor). Experts said the marginal improvement in air quality was due to the high wind speed.
Three labourers were killed and 11 injured when a truck ran over them on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway near Asoda toll plaza in Jhajjar's Bahadurgarh area early on Thursday, police said. Eleven of them were rushed to the civil hospital in Bahadurgarh from where 10 workers were referred to Rohtak's Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, where their condition is stated to be critical. Four labourers escaped unhurt.
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