Cloudy skies with light rain and a maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius are predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) for Delhi on Thursday.
Brought on by a disturbance from the west and easterly winds, Wednesday evening’s rainfall interrupted a two-week dry spell that had kept temperatures high in northwestern India.
Wednesday night’s rainfall brought the minimum temperature down to 23.8 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal for this time of year. The minimum temperature had remained above 30 degrees from May 12 to 14, and was just below 30 degrees on May 15.
Thunderstorms and rainfall are forecast for Delhi from June 17-20. The minimum temperature could range from 25 to 27 degrees Celsius over the next six days. The rains over the next five days are expected to bring respite from the scorching conditions that have persisted in parts of northwest India, including Delhi-NCR, from early June. In Safdarjung, the maximum temperature remained above 40 degrees Celsius from June.
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The Safdarjung weather station, which serves as a landmark for the city, recorded 2.4mm of rainfall between 11:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. The highest amount of rainfall in the city was recorded at the Ridge last night – 4.8mm. Lodhi Road Meteorological Observatory recorded 4.1mm of rainfall.
At 8:30 am the humidity was high at 56%. The temperature at the same time was 31 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature recorded in Safdarjung on Wednesday was 42.2 degrees Celsius, three degrees above the long-term average. The highest maximum temperature recorded in the city on Wednesday was 45.3 degrees Celsius in Najafgarh. The maximum temperature is expected to remain below 40 degrees Celsius until June 22, according to forecasts. It could drop to around 35 degrees Celsius on June 19.
Delhi has recorded a rainfall deficit for the month of June so far. The normal amount of rainfall until June 16 is 20 mm in Safdarjung. With the 2.4 mm recorded last night, there is a rainfall deficit of around 88%. The normal amount of precipitation for the whole month is 65.5 mm. Delhi also recorded insufficient rainfall in March and April. However, excessive rainfall of about 142% was recorded in May, caused by two thunderstorms that hit the city.
Rainfall and thunderstorms are forecast for the western Himalayan region and adjacent plains from June 16 to 18, according to an IMD bulletin released early Thursday.