Delhi: Relief over, day temperature may go up from today | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: After witnessing a few cooler days as the temperatures dipped under the influence of a western disturbance, mercury levels have again started soaring in the capital. Temperatures, which have remained mostly above normal this month, are likely to rise further from Sunday. According to the forecast of India Meteorological Department (IMD), the day temperature may touch 36 degrees Celsius on Sunday and go up to 38 degrees Celsius on Monday.
The maximum temperature on Saturday was 35.3 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, at Safdarjung — city’s base station. Before this, the mercury had touched 35.3 degrees Celsius on March 18, the warmest day of the year so far.
On Saturday, the day temperature was highest at Sports Complex at 36.1 degrees Celsius and followed by Najafgarh at 36 degrees Celsius.
Met officials said a steep rise in mercury is predicted over the next three days. “As March is about to get over and there are no chances of any western disturbance impacting the region in the next few days, temperatures are set to rise,” said a Met official. “Most days this month saw temperatures above normal.”
The minimum temperature on Saturday was 16.4 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal. The minimum temperature may rise slightly on Sunday to 17 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s air quality remained in the upper-end of ‘moderate’ category on Saturday, with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) reading of 199. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the forecasting body under the Union ministry of earth sciences said: “Surface winds are moderate and Southwesterly. Better ventilation is likely to influence AQI positively. The index reading is likely to stay in the ‘moderate’ to ‘poor’ category for the next two days. High wind speeds are predicted on Tuesday, but AQI may remain in ‘poor’ category.”

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