Hot, hotter, hottest: Day temperature touches 28°C
The maximum temperature on Thursday touched 28 degrees Celsius, the highest day temperature of 2020, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Experts attributed the rise in the day temperature to a change in the direction of the wind and to a clear sky, and said that after a drop in the coming days, temperature will continue to soar in the next ten days. The MeT department has predicted similar warm days from now, and experts said the rising temperatures signify a gradual change in the weather. As per IMD’ forecast, light rain on Friday and Saturday on account of a western disturbance can also be expected.
“A western disturbance is approaching due to which the wind direction has changed. Until now, the winds were coming from the mountainous regions. The winds now approaching are coming from the plains. These are warm winds due to which the temperature is rising,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the regional meteorological centre at the IMD, New Delhi.
December, January, and February are considered the official winter months by the IMD. From March, the wind pattern starts changing, paving the way for summer, said Srivastava.
Thursday’s minimum temperature was 13 degree Celsius, a fall from Wednesday’s 13.7 degrees. On Thursday, the city’s air quality improved to the ‘moderate’ category from ‘poor’ the previous day, according to the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) air quality index (AQI) bulletin. On Thursday, the air quality index of Gurugram was 176, an improvement from Wednesday’s AQI of 238.
As per the early air quality warning system for Delhi-NCR, “The air quality is likely to improve marginally and remains in poor to moderate category on 28.02.2020. The air quality is likely improved further and remains in moderate category on 29.02.2020.”
The predicted AQI for Gurugram over the next three days, as per CPCB forecast, is 144 on Friday, 126 on Saturday and 190 on Sunday.