New Delhi: The scorched capital could get
welcome rains over the weekend thanks to the phenomenal
movement of Cyclone Phet across the Arabian Sea.
Phet, moving in the Arabian Sea packing winds at 150 kmph,
is expected to churn up weather systems in the region bringing
rains in Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, Haryana,
Punjab, Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal
Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir in the next two days.
Experts tracking the cyclone today said they expected the
wet spell to last for at least two days beginning late Friday
after the cyclone makes landfall over coastal Pakistan and
Currently, Phet is about 500 kms off Sur in coastal Oman
region and expected to slowly move towards land before taking
a sharp recurve into north Arabian Sea and hurtling towards
Pakistan and adjoining Gujarat, they said.
The cyclone may reduce in its intensity due to its
interaction with the westerlies but would continue to north-
eastwards under their influence, they said.
The westerlies or the extra-tropical weather systems are
known to bring rain to north-west India during this time of
This interaction of considerably weakened cyclone Phet
with the westerlies is expected to bring widespread rains in
western and north-western parts of the country.
Delhi recorded a high of 42.8 degree Celsius today while
the minimum stood at 34.2 deg C, which is the the season`s