Delhi may experience heat wave conditions today in some areas while the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 39 degrees Celsius, a MeT department official said. The MeT office has also forecast partly cloudy skies in Delhi and a possibility of thunderstorm and dust storm towards afternoon and in the evening.
Delhiites woke up to a hot morning on Friday with the minimum temperature settling at 20 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.
Thunderstorm and dust storm were expected in Delhi because of a feeble western disturbance currently lying over east Afghanistan and adjoining Pakistan and a cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan, BP 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 said.
Humidity was 76 per cent at 8.30 am, he said.
Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures in Delhi settled at 38.2 and 18.7 degrees, respectively.