Dry winds prevailing in Delhi during past few days had forced Delhi residents to stay indoors as mercury continued to soar upto 47°c and heatwave conditions in Delhi-NCR were getting worse. However, a sudden change of winds in last 24 hours turned instrumental in bringing down the temperatures by few notches.
The national capital city had witnessing a hotter summer than the usual. The hot weather also claimed more than 300 lives in last two months. May 18 was also one of the hottest days for Delhi as Palam observatory recorded a whopping 46.4 degree Celsius, the highest of the season.
Weather in Delhi was also expected to be crueler as Phalodi in Rajasthan touched 51°C yesterday, highest for the state and the country so far. How winds blowing from Pakistan across Rajasthan and reaching upto Delhi-NCR were pre-empted to be excruciatingly hot as temperature in both these regions are already settling around or beyond 50°C.
However, in last 24 hours westerly winds have been replaced by south easterly winds due to which temperature in Delhi witnessed a drop of 2-3 degrees. Owing to Cyclone Roanu, strong easterly winds are reaching upto East and North-Central India that are obstructing hot and dry westerly winds from affecting the North India region. However, once the weather system dissipates, westerly winds will again become active over Delhi-NCR and other parts of North India,” explained Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist, Skymet Weather.
Moist easterly winds have increased the level of humidity in Delhi-NCR. The high temperature and high level of humidity is likely to bring duststorm and thunderstorm in few pockets of Delhi-NCR in next two days.
The prevalence of easterly winds will also bring significant change in night temperature and nights will remain cooler till the weekend.
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