With no rainfall likely in Delhi on Thursday and Friday, the maximum temperature is expected to reach 36 degrees Celsius, according to forecasts from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).
On Wednesday, the maximum temperature remained below 35 degrees Celsius at most weather stations in the city. The maximum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung meteorological observatory on Wednesday was 34.4 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal. The “normal” maximum temperature for August 18, calculated as an average over a long period, is 33.9 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature early Thursday was 24.6 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal. Relative humidity remained high Thursday, standing at 82% at 8:30 a.m.
Very light to light rain is forecast for Delhi-NCR over the weekend. Overcast skies and light precipitation also remain forecast for August 22-24. The maximum temperature over the next six days is expected to range from 33 to 36 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature, usually recorded at night, could remain around 25 or 26 degrees Celsius.
The western edge of the monsoon trough lies south of its normal position and is expected to remain there for the next 24 hours, before moving north, according to an IMD bulletin released early Thursday. Widespread light to moderate rain with isolated heavy rainfall is likely over Uttarakhand from August 18-20 and over Himachal Pradesh from August 19-21.
Delhi’s rainfall deficit so far this month reaches 81% at the Safdarjung weather station. Rainfall for the monsoon season so far is also about 20% lower than normal.
Intermittent rains and winds have kept the city’s air quality in the “fair” category for the past seven days. The air quality index (AQI) was Wednesday at 60. It remained in the 60s from Monday. An AQI between 51 and 100 is considered “satisfactory”.