Press Club of India, Indian Tehalka News
The weatherman has been forecasting the possibility of dust storms and thunderstorms in the evening all week. On Friday afternoon, the forecast was spot on.
As the hot day with a maximum temperature 41.9 degrees Celsius started to cool down in the afternoon due to cloud cover. In some parts of the city, the winds were strong enough to blow away hoardings and cause few traffic snarls due to branches falling on the road.
According to the Meteorological Department, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., two squalls with wind speeds of up to 56 km per hour and 66 kmph, hit the city. The first one started at 4.07 p.m and lasted a minute, while the second was between 4.43 and 4.45 p.m.
Short spell of rain
The short spell of rain brought relief from the heat and is likely to bring down temperatures over the weekend. Lodhi Road recorded 0.3mm of rain, while weather stations at Ridge, Faridabad, Noida and Pitampura recorded 3.4 mm, 4 mm, 4 mm and 7 mm, respectively, according to data by the Meteorological Department. Palam remained the hottest part of the city with a maximum temperature of 43.8 degrees and recorded no rain.
According to the forecast, Saturday will see partly cloudy skies with very light rain likely during evening. The minimum and maximum temperatures are likely to hover around 39 degrees and 28 degrees.