Since June 1, when the monsoon season begins, Delhi has received just 24.5 mm of rain as against the normal 59.5 mm. This rain occurred between June 16 and June 20. However, according to Mahesh Palawat, vice-president, Skymet Weather, heavy rains in the first week of July are expected to overcome the lack of rain and bring relief from the heat.
New Delhi: Monsoon is just a few days away from Delhi and good rains are expected in the first 10 days. Meteorologists made this statement on Monday. Delhi has received only 72.5 mm of rain since March 1 this year due to the absence of a western disturbance, while the normal rainfall during this period should be 107.3 mm. The city recorded no rainfall in March and received a very modest 0.3 mm of rainfall in April against the monthly average of 12.2 mm. The heat wave increased due to less rainfall.
Second warmest April of this year since 1951
The capital recorded the second warmest April of this year since 1951, with a monthly average maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius. Due to prolonged heatwave, the maximum temperature reached 49 degree Celsius in May in some parts of Delhi. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, the capital recorded a maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius and above for 27 days this summer so far this year, which is the highest since 2012. In the year 2012, the maximum temperature of 42 °C or more was recorded in the city for 30 days.
Since June 1, when the monsoon season begins, Delhi has received just 24.5 mm of rain as against the normal 59.5 mm. This rain occurred between June 16 and June 20. However, according to Mahesh Palawat, Vice President (Climate Change and Meteorology), Skymet Weather, heavy rains in the first week of July are expected to overcome the lack of rain and bring relief from the heat. He said that it will rain again in Delhi from June 29.
Monsoon will cover the entire country by July 6
Monsoon is likely to reach Delhi by June 30 or July 1. However, IMD has not yet fixed the date of arrival of monsoon in Delhi. But the Meteorological Office said that the monsoon will cover Northwest India by June 29 and the entire country by July 6. According to the IMD, widespread rainfall is expected in Himachal Pradesh, East Rajasthan and West Uttar Pradesh from June 28 to 30, while there is a possibility of rain in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi on June 29-30.
Heavy rain forecast in these states
According to the Meteorological Department, heavy to very heavy rains have been predicted in Bihar on June 28 and June 29. On these dates, very heavy rains may occur over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal. At the same time, heavy rain is expected in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, West Rajasthan on June 30. Similarly, there is a possibility of rain between June 27 and 30 at many places of MP, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha.
Heavy rain alert in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand Meteorological Department has also issued an alert of heavy rain for the next three days. Although the monsoon has not arrived in Uttarakhand yet, but this alert is also being considered as the entry of monsoon. People have been asked to take precautions in view of the rain.