Base observatory of Delhi at Safdarjung recorded a maximum temperature of 33.8 degrees yesterday, the lowest of this month so far. The meteorological office at Lodhi Road was still a shade lower at 33.4 degrees. These mercury levels are 4-5 degrees below the normal over most parts of the national capital Delhi. The mean monthly normal temperature for Delhi stands at 36.3 degrees and the pentad normal at this time of the month is 2degree higher at 38 degrees.
The lowest temperature in Delhi this month earlier was 34 degrees measured on 01st April. Mercury exceeded the 35 degrees mark consistently from 03rd April onward registering the highest of 40.5 degrees on 15th April. This also happens to be the highest temperature of Delhi this year so far. Also, earlier there was a quadruple of >/= 40degree between 13th and 16th April.
Delhi was lashed with a pre-monsoon thunderstorm last evening providing some relief from the ongoing heat building up over the last few days. It was more of a dust storm with gusty winds followed by lightning and thunderstorm accompanied with mild intermittent showers. It amounted to the only trace of rainfall over most parts and therefore not adding anything to the monthly total. Delhi so far has received only 2mm of rainfall against its monthly average of 13mm in April.
There are chances of tall clouds building up over the next 3 days over Delhi causing mild thunderstorm or lightning for a short duration during late evening and night. Absolute dry weather conditions are expected in Delhi thereafter between 24th and 28th April. Mercury will rise again to reach 38degree by end of this week.