Monsoon knocked on the Indian land only yesterday. The IMD had said that due to a cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea, the onset of monsoon over Kerala has been delayed by a week from the normal date of June 1.
New Delhi: The heat in the country's capital Delhi is not stopping from showing its attitude. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi is likely to experience intense heat waves with clear skies and dry weather for the next few days.
The IMD, however, has predicted no heat wave for at least a week, but heat wave-like conditions may prevail at some places in the city. Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi's main weather station, recorded a minimum temperature of 27.3 degrees Celsius on Friday morning, which is normal for this season. The IMD has predicted the maximum temperature in the national capital to be around 41 degrees Celsius.
What will be the temperature in June?
The IMD said the city is likely to experience strong surface winds during the day and very light rain at night. The IMD last month predicted normal or below normal monsoon rains over northwest India, which means the region could record more hot and dry days.
The department had said, "Except in some parts of the northernmost and southernmost peninsular region of the country, maximum temperatures are expected to be normal or above normal in most parts of the country in June."
IMD's extended range model predicts better rainfall over northwest India in the fourth week of June and first week of July. Monsoon had knocked on the Indian land on Thursday. The IMD had said that due to a cyclonic storm in the Arabian Sea, the onset of monsoon over Kerala has been delayed by a week from the normal date of June 1. The department had earlier predicted a delay of four days in the onset of monsoon over Kerala.
Will the rains be affected by the delay in the arrival of the monsoon?
The southwest monsoon reached Kerala on May 29 last year, June 3 in 2021, June 1 in 2020, June 8 in 2019 and May 29 in 2018. Research shows that the delayed onset of monsoon over Kerala does not necessarily mean delayed onset of monsoon over northwest India.
However, the delayed onset of monsoon over Kerala is generally associated with delayed onset over southern states and Mumbai. Scientists say that even the delay in the arrival of monsoons over Kerala does not affect the total rainfall in the country during this season.