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Thunderstorm, dust storm expected in Delhi on Friday

twitter-logoPTI | April 4, 2019 | Updated 20:44 IST

(Eds: Recasting intro, with latest inputs) New Delhi, Apr 4 (PTI) A thunderstorm and a dust storm are likely to hit the national capital on Friday afternoon, which may lead to a fall in the temperatures, Met department officials said on Thursday. Also, heat wave conditions are expected at isolated pockets during the day, they added. Meanwhile, mercury maintained an upward trend with the maximum temperature settling at 38.2 degrees Celsius in the national capital on Thursday, five notches above the season's average. The thunderstorm and the dust storm are expected because of a feeble western disturbance currently lying over east Afghanistan and adjoining Pakistan and a cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan, B P Yadav, head of the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) Regional Meteorological Centre, said. "There will also be an increase in humidity due to moisture coming from the Bay of Bengal side due to the prevailing easterly winds over Indo-Gangetic plains. This will be having an influence till April 6 and the maximum temperature is likely to fall from Saturday," he explained. The Safdarjung observatory, the recording of which is considered the official figure for the city, registered a maximum temperature of 38.2 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature also rose to settle at 18.7 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, an IMD official said. The Palam observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 40.4 degrees Celsius, while areas under Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar recorded a high of 38.4, 39.3 and 39 degrees Celsius respectively. The humidity level oscillated between 83 and 26 per cent. "The skies will be partly cloudy and there is a possibility of a thunderstorm and a dust storm on Friday. Heat wave conditions are likely at isolated pockets," the official said. The maximum and minimum temperatures were likely to hover around 40 and 20 degrees Celsius respectively on Friday, the weatherman said. On Wednesday, the maximum and minimum temperatures in the national capital had settled at 36.8 and 17.6 degrees Celsius respectively. PTI PLB RC

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