The Southwest monsoon is likely to hit Delhi around June 30 and July 1, the India Meteorological Department said Tuesday.
Cloudy skies, moderate rainfall, and strong winds of around 30 to 40 kmph are on the forecast for June 30. An ‘orange’ alert, which is a warning to stay prepared, has been issued for that date. Light rainfall is likely on July 1. IMD senior scientist R K Jenamani said rainfall is likely to reduce on July 2.
The ‘normal’ onset date of the southwest monsoon in Delhi was June 27. Last year, the onset was delayed with the monsoon hitting the city on July 13.
Conditions are favourable for the further advance of the monsoon into the remaining parts of Bihar, some more parts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, the IMD said Tuesday.
“Conditions would continue to become favourable for further advance of monsoon into remaining parts of the Arabian Sea and Gujarat, some parts of Rajasthan, remaining parts of Madhya Pradesh, entire Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, some parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi during the subsequent 48 hours (that is between June 30 to July 1),” the IMD said.
The IMD had declared the onset of the southwest monsoon over Kerala on May 29. After its onset over Kerala, it advances northwards. The northern limit of the southwest monsoon, which is the northernmost limit up to which it has advanced on a given day, passed through Ratlam, Shivpuri, Rewa, and Churk on Tuesday.
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The IMD had said the monsoon rainfall over northwest India is likely to be ‘normal’ this year, which is 92% to 108% of the long period average.
On Tuesday, the Safdarjung weather observatory recorded a maximum temperature of 41.5 degrees Celsius, four degrees above the normal for this time of the year.
The maximum temperature is likely to fall to around 33 degrees Celsius on July 1. The minimum temperature recorded on Tuesday was 30.8 degrees, which is three degrees above the normal. The maximum humidity recorded over the past 24 hours was 74%.
The maximum temperature hit 44.2 degrees at Najafgarh on Tuesday, the highest recorded in the city on the day. A maximum temperature of 42 degrees is on the forecast for Delhi on Wednesday.
Delhi has a rainfall deficit of 62% for this month till June 28. The city has recorded 24.5 mm so far against a normal of 64.1 mm till June 28. The national capital was parched in March and April as well when there was a deficit of 100% and 98% respectively. The month of May recorded an excess of 142% with western disturbances bringing rainfall.
For northwest India, from June 1 to June 28, there is a rainfall deficit of 19%.
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