As parts of Delhi-NCR woke up to another wave of rain on Tuesday morning, an Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast released shortly after 9 a.m. said that a thunderstorm with light rainfall to moderate is likely over Delhi and NCR including Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad over the next two hours.
The IMD forecast says Delhi is expected to receive “moderate” rainfall on Tuesday. The maximum temperature is expected to be around 35 degrees Celsius, slightly below the 36.9 degrees recorded on Monday. The minimum temperature recorded early Tuesday was 26.2 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal.
The Safdarjung Meteorological Observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, recorded about 2mm of rainfall between 8:30 a.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The ridge in North Delhi recorded a higher amount of 38.2mm during the same period, while Lodhi Road recorded 2.4mm.
The temperature at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday was 28 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity at the same time was 93%.
The rainfall Delhi witnessed on Monday and Tuesday came after the city recorded little rainfall for the past 10 days, keeping humidity levels high. While the IMD forecast had previously indicated that “moderate” rainfall was likely on Saturday, July 9, the city did not record any rain that day.
Light to moderate rain is also likely on Wednesday, while light rain is possible Thursday and Friday. Precipitation is not expected from July 16 to 18, although skies are cloudy and likely to persist.
With the monsoon trough active and south of its normal position, light to moderate rainfall is also likely over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Rajasthan on July 12, 13 and 14.