Delhi: No relief yet, rainfall unlikely for next 4 days
Delhi is currently facing the maximum rainfall deficit in the country and this is not going to change any time soon. As per reports, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the capital is unlikely to see any rainfall in the next four days. Notably, monsoon usually hits Delhi around June 29 but this year it only came on July 5.
As per the local weather report and forecast by IMD, various areas in the city might only get to experience strong surface winds during the day time over the next three days followed by light showers and thunderstorm. Heavy rain can only be expected on Tuesday. Till now, the city has recorded 88% below normal rainfall for this time of the year.
Kuldeep Srivastava, an IMD scientist, said that the capital will witness a dry spell over the next few days resulting in a rise in maximum temperature. Moreover, the humidity level is expected to stay high. "Very light rain will return from July 15," he said.
Reportedly, the Safdarjung Observatory has recorded only 25.4mm rainfall since the onset of monsoon. The observatory is responsible for producing official figures for the capital, and it recorded just 0.4mm rain in the last 24 hours. As per officials, the delay in the onset of monsoon over the region is the major reason behind this limited and scanty rainfall.
While the capital is facing rain deficit, widespread heavy rainfall has been recorded in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh due to extended low-pressure over the Indo-Gangetic plain. The Weather Channel reported that the low-pressure won't impact Delhi much, but will increase the surface level wind upto 20km/h. The winds are expected to slow down next week increasing the probability of thunderstorm to 80%.
According to the IMD data, June of this year has been the driest in the last 10 years. The Palam station recorded the hottest day in Delhi on June 10 due to an extended summer. The station recorded 48 degree Celsius temperature yesterday.