New Delhi:  After witnessing soaring high mercury for more than a week and the highest temperature hitting the mark of 48 degrees in Delhi, the national capital can look forward to light showers and dust storms today.

Parts of the city witnessed drizzles on Tuesday morning while the maximum temperature was recorded at 44.5 degrees Celsius. The meteorological department has predicted a cloudy sky on Wednesday and light rain accompanied by dust storm or thunderstorm. There has also been a sudden rise in the wind speed since Wednesday morning.

On Monday, the capital city recorded a mercury rise of 48 degrees Celsius in Palam area, while  Ridge station was the hottest station at 46.9 degrees Celsius. This is the highest temperature in the city since May 26, 1998.

As there was no relief from the scorching heat, the peak power demand in Delhi broke all records of this season on Monday and touched a high of 6686 megawatts.

This year, the highest peak demand is expected to cross the 7,400-MW mark, the official said.

Last year, the power demand breached the 7,000-MW mark in the city in July, peaking at 7,016 MW, they added.

For the past two weeks, north India has been struggling with an unrelenting heat wave where 11 out 15 hottest places on earth were recorded in India, a weather monitoring site reported.

Monsoon has hit the southern coast of India, while Maharashtra and Gujarat are under red alert as Cyclone Vayu has made landfall along the western coast.

Very heavy rains lashed several places across Kerala, uprooting trees and destroying houses in coastal areas. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said Piravam in Ernakulam district received the highest rainfall of 14 cm, followed by Alappuzha, Cherthala and Nedumangad here with 11 cm each.

Meanwhile, IMD reports suggest that Cyclone Vayu will cause the sea condition to be high to very high over east-central and adjoining northeast the Arabian Sea & Gujarat coast from the 12th evening and over the north Arabian Sea on 13th June 2019.

With inputs from agencies