Delhi has been recording above normal maximum temperatures for the past many days. So much so that the maximums have been settling above the 25-degree mark during the last three to four days.
However, in last two days, the maximums have been soaring and reaching close to 30 degrees. As on February 20, Palam observatory Delhi recorded maximum at 29.3°C, while the maximum further increased on February 21 wherein Palam observatory recorded 32.2°C which happens to be the highest maximum of this season and also the highest in February after 2010.
In fact, Safdarjung observatory of Delhi also recorded its maximum above 30 degrees at 31.7°C which is the second warmest February in the past one decade, also seven degrees above normal. The highest day maximum was recorded last year on February 21 at 32.4°C.
As per weathermen at Skymet Weather, this spike in day mercury is due to the approaching Western Disturbance over the Western Himalayas. Whenever, a Western Disturbance approaches, it carries a warm front ahead of it. This warm front leads to the rise in both day and night temperatures.
Therefore, Delhi and other parts of northwestern plains are recording both day and night temperatures above normal. Moreover, the sky is also mostly clear since many days. Though a few high clouds did approach the city occasionally but they failed to check the mercury levels.
Now, we do not expect much respite from the ongoing warm weather conditions for the next few days. The maximum temperatures will continue to settle close to 30 degrees.
During that time, the weather is expected to become cloudy to partly cloudy with chances of thunderstorm activities during that time. In fact, one or two short spells of rain cannot be ruled out but the chances are very bleak.
But soon after, the sky will become clear leading to increase in temperatures. By this increase in temperatures, we can say that summer is knocking doors.
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