Monsoon likely to elude Delhi till end of June: IMD
Delhi is unlikely to receive monsoonal showers till the end of June and the maximum temperature in the city is predicted to hover around 40 degree Celsius till then, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). "On Wednesday morning, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 28 degree Celsius, normal for this time of the year," the MeT office said.
Monsoon raced across India seven-ten days ahead of schedule
"The maximum temperature in Delhi is likely to settle around 39 degree Celsius," it said. After reaching Kerala two days late, monsoon raced across the country, covering eastern, central, and northwest India seven to 10 days ahead of schedule, according to the IMD.
Light rains likely in Delhi-NCR around June 26
However, further progress over the remaining parts of the country, including Delhi, parts of Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab, is unlikely during the next seven days, the IMD said on Tuesday. Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD's regional forecasting center, said light rains are likely in Delhi-NCR around June 26 but the region will have to wait more for monsoonal showers.
Monsoon was earlier expected to reach Delhi on June 15
The MeT office had earlier predicted that the wind system may reach Delhi by June 15, 12 days ahead of schedule. Normally, the monsoon reaches Delhi by June 27 and covers the entire country by July 8. Last year, the wind system reached Delhi on June 25 and covered the entire country by June 29, according to Skymet Weather, a private forecasting agency.
Westerly winds blocking advance of monsoon
Mahesh Palawat from Skymet Weather said that chances are that the national capital will receive monsoonal showers only around the end of June. "Westerly winds have been blocking the advance of the monsoon into the remaining parts of northwest India for some days. These are expected to persist for at least one week," he said.