Delhi reels under searing heat, monsoon a week away (Second lead)

June 29th, 2012 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) With delayed monsoon and the maximum temperature shooting up six degrees above the season’s normal to 42 degrees Celsius, the capital reeled under prolonged summer heat for yet another day Friday.

Delhi residents will have to bear the heat at least for another week, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) which has forecast clear skies and high temperatures for Saturday.

“Delhi would have mainly clear skies, Saturday. The day’s maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to be 43 and 31 degrees Celsius respectively,” an IMD official told IANS.

“The dry spell is expected to last for at least a week more as the monsoon winds have not advanced from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi and its neighbouring areas,” the official added.

Owing to the prolonged spell of scorching heat, Delhiites who venture out during the day are commonly seen either wrapped up in scarfs or carrying umbrellas.

There could, however, be some relief over the weekend as the weather office has forecast that a western disturbance may cause light rain in parts of the city. “Western disturbance” is a meteorological term for a weather phenomenon that effects changes in temperatures and causes local showers.

The humidity recordings for the day touched a maximum of 46 and minimum of 27 percent, while the day’s minimum temperature at 31.6 degrees Celsius was three notches above what is normal for this time of the season.

Thursday’s maximum temperature settled five notches above average at 41.6 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was two notches above average at 30.4 degrees Celsius.

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