Hot winds sweep Delhi, mercury rising (Lead)

April 19th, 2009 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Hot and dusty winds swept across the capital Sunday, making it unpleasant for Delhiites as the city saw temperatures soaring five degrees Celsius above what is normal for this time odf the season.
The meteorological office Sunday recorded the maximum temperature at 41 degrees Celsius and the minimum at 26.3 degrees Celsius - both five degrees above normal. The weather office also reported that strong hot surface winds prevailed in the region.

Since daytime temperatures have steadily stayed above normal, weather officials warned that a “loo-like” condition could soon be declared.

“A loo-like situation is declared when temperatures are four or five degrees above normal in a heat wave scenario. The normal for this time is 36 degrees Celsius,” an official from the Indian Meteorological Department told IANS.

“If the same conditions persist - we will declare the loo Monday,” the official added.

According to the official, it is normal temperature this year. “In 2006 and 2007 we had the maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius. It was only in April 1942 when the mercury had climbed 45.6 degrees Celsius in the national capital.”

“In May and June, we expect the mercury to cross 45 degrees Celsius,” the official said, ruling out the possibility of rains in the near future.

Meanwhile, people in the city had a tough time coping with the heat and the strong dust-laden winds.

“The summer has just started and it’s already like a heat wave has hit us!” said Shreyas Sahu, a software engineer.

Rohit Sharma, who commutes on a motorcycle, said: “I felt like I was in a furnace. My arms were burning.”

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