Heatwave conditions prevailing in the national capital from the past few days are set to end on Tuesday following a strong prediction of rainfall in the evening, bringing much-needed respite from the scorching heat.
According to the India Meteorological Department, light rains are expected in the evening owing to a cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan and moisture-laden winds from the Arabian sea.
On Tuesday, the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 44 degrees Celsius, a substantial dip from 48 degree Celsius on Monday when Delhi broke the previous record of the hottest day in the month of June.
The city witnessed a cloudy sky in the morning.
"The sky will remain partly cloudy throughout the day. There is a possibility of dust storms and thunderstorm towards the night," said an IMD official.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 30.4 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average.
A Met Department official said, traces of rain were recorded in South Delhi's Greater Kailash area.
"The city registered a minimum of 30.4 degrees Celsius today. In Palam, the observatory recorded 33.3 degrees Celsius," an official said.
According to private forecaster Skymet, rains are expected to continue on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing the mercury below 40-43 degree Celsius.
Later, there will be no chances of heatwave conditions due to the arrival of monsoon as westerly dry winds will stop and easterly winds filled with moisture will come to the northern region.
Western, central, and northern parts of the country have been witnessing a surge in temperature from past few days, making the heatwave conditions severe.
On Monday, Delhi witnessed its hottest June, with mercury soaring to 48 degrees Celsius in Palam area.
The Safdarjung Observatory, reading of which is considered official for the city, had recorded a high of 45.6 degrees Celsius and a low of 27.2 degrees Celsius on Monday.
(With inputs from agencies)
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