March 29 on Holi eve, Delhi recorded the second-highest temperature in March, making the hottest Holi ever for Delhi. The highest record for maximum temperature in Delhi is 40.6 degrees recorded on March 31st in 1945. Many parts of Delhi NCR recorded much higher temperature - Najafgarh 41.8, Narela 41.7, Pitampura 41.6 and Pusa recorded 41.5 degrees. Winds were from the south-west direction during most part of the day. These winds are blowing from Rajasthan where temperatures have already crossed 43 degrees. Moreover, clear skies and bright sunshine for the last few days helped in the steep rise in temperature.
We do not expect much relief today for the National Capital Region. Winds are still from the south-west but there are chances of change in wind direction from south-west to north-west by afternoon leading to a marginal drop-in day temperature. The speed of winds will also increase significantly. The western disturbance over the eastern Himalayas is moving away. Therefore, winds will be blowing from the north-west and north-east direction. These winds will be coming through the Western Himalayas where rain and snowfall have already occurred. Northwesterly winds will be somewhat cooler in nature which will help in subsiding the temperatures of Northwest India including Delhi and NCR. By tomorrow, the maximum of Delhi may come down to 35 or 36 degrees. This will be above normal by 3 to 4 degrees but still, we can expect some relief from scorching heat for at least the next 3 to 4 days.