Partly cloudy skies and a maximum temperature of 38 degrees Celsius are predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) for Delhi on Thursday. No rain is likely from June 23 to 26, according to IMD’s forecast for the next six days. Rainfall returns to forecast for Delhi from June 27-29.
The maximum temperature is expected to rise to 40 degrees Celsius on June 25-26, before falling again with another period of rain.
The minimum temperature recorded early Thursday was 25.3 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal for this time of year. The maximum temperature recorded on Wednesday was 37.2 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal. At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, the temperature was 30.2 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity was 68%.
While light rain was forecast for Delhi on Wednesday, the Safdarjung Meteorological Observatory recorded no rain. Najafgarh and Mayur Vihar weather stations recorded very light rainfall on Wednesday.
A gradual increase in maximum temperatures of two to four degrees in northwestern India is likely over the next four days, according to an IMD update released early Thursday morning. The IMD bulletin also indicates an increase in rainfall activity over northwestern and central India from June 28 to 30.
So far this month, the Safdarjung weather station has recorded 24.5mm of rainfall, about 43% less than the normal amount of 43.3mm through June 23. Over northwest India from June 1 to 22, the states and territories of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh recorded rainfall deficits, while the Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan experienced an excess. Punjab and Haryana have so far recorded normal rainfall in June.
Meanwhile, air quality in Delhi remained in the “moderate” category on Wednesday, with an air quality index (AQI) of 139. It remained in this category from June 20.