Even as residents fret over hot and humid conditions prevailing for the last few days, officials from the Met department said the weather is likely to remain dry for the next few days and there is no relief from the scorching heat soon.
Surender Paul, director, Chandigarh Meteorological Department, said: “The monsoon activity is subdued owing to which the dry spell continues. Since there has not been much rainfall since the last few days, people feel the days are hotter. However, there is no significant rise in temperatures. It does not vary much from normal levels.”
The officials said high levels of humidity are causing discomfort to residents, as they feel that the temperature has increased. However, the temperature has remained within 35 degree Celsius since the last few days. The maximum temperature recorded on Thursday was 34 degree Celsius, which was one degree above normal, while the minimum temperature was 23.6, two degrees above normal. However, the relative humidity was 90 per cent on Thursday.
As per the data of last few years, the temperature is well within the expected limits. Last year, the temperature on the same day was 35 degree Celsius, while it was 33 degree Celsius in 2014 and 34 degree Celsius in 2013.
Talking about the considerable hotter weather conditions, Paul said the changes can be attributed to the prevailing El Nino effect. “A climatic cycle, El nino has a global impact on the weather patterns. El nino was observed last year and weather remains hotter till the next year after El nino. So it may not be extremely cold this winter. The weather will tend to improve from next year,” said Paul.
The phase is also marked by the break period of monsoon, as it has begun to withdraw from the western part of Rajasthan. “The residents could expect intermittent rain showers, but more towards the end of September. But till then, hot and humid conditions will continue,” he said.
The month has been largely dry except for a brief spell of rain on September 9, when 6.6mm rainfall was recorded in Chandigarh and 10mm in Panchkula. Ever since, the humidity levels have remained high. At present, the rain deficit in Chandigarh stands at 281.3mm below normal level.