A severe Rain falls heatwave has maintained temperatures in Delhi above 40 degrees for the previous four days
A severe Rain falls heatwave has maintained temperatures in Delhi above 40 degrees for the previous four days. During a sweltering summer, Delhi received much-needed relief Wednesday evening as light showers fell in many sections of the national capital.
Today’s high temperature was over 40 degrees Celsius for the fourth day in a row, although it has since fallen a few degrees owing to scattered showers around the city. Ahead in the day, the IMD predicted “isolated and scattered thunderstorm action accompanied by lightning and rainfall is also likely” in Delhi and neighboring states.
Still, no favorable conditions are expected to develop for further southwest monsoon advance as the heatwave persists. “As a result, modest rainfall activity is highly likely to persist across Northwest, Central, and Western regions of Peninsular India during the next 5-6 days,” it added. Skymet Weather, a private weather forecasting organization, has also forecasted dust storms and light patchy showers across south Delhi and portions of Faridabad.
“Other regions of the NCR may also see thunderstorms with high winds,” Skymet spokesman Mahesh Palawat tweeted. As monsoon rains fall behind schedule, a scorching heatwave has pushed Delhi’s temperature to a nine-year high. On Thursday, the temperature in Delhi reached 43.1 degrees Celsius, the warmest July day in the city since 2012, when it reached 43.5 degrees Celsius. Temperatures have stayed more than seven degrees Celsius above average for this time of year, forcing the International Meteorological Agency (IMD) to designate it as “very extreme heat.”
The meteorological service predicts that the temperature will remain over 40 degrees for the next week due to the late arrival of the southwest monsoon and “loo” blowing in from Rajasthan and Pakistan. Forecasters anticipate that the annual rains will not arrive in New Delhi until July 7, making this the city’s longest delayed monsoon since 2006.