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Weather forecast today HIGHLIGHTS: Delhi NCR will experience light rain, thunderstorm

Weather forecast today Highlights: The temperature today is being recorded at 26 degrees Celsius with slight haze in NCR and a forecast of cloudy skies and thunderstorm accompanied by light rain and winds.

Rains hit Delhi-NCR region this morning. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Weather forecast today Highlights: Weather in the national capital has been pleasant since the past week which comes as a respite for the residents from the scorching heat.

Rains lashed several parts of the city on Friday as the minimum temperature fell down by two notches below the season’s average. The temperature today is being recorded at 26 degrees Celsius with slight haze in NCR and a forecast of cloudy skies and thunderstorm accompanied by light rain and winds. The weather is expected to continue being pleasant as the maximum and minimum temperatures will hover around 37 and 4 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Due to the gusty winds Friday night, nearly 32 flights had to be diverted from Delhi airport. “The flights have been diverted from Delhi to nearby airports, including Lucknow, Jaipur and Amritsar due to rain and winds,” a Delhi airport official told news agency PTI. At least 10 flights were diverted between 4 pm and 5 pm, and another 22 were diverted between 9 pm and 10 pm due to inclement weather.

Meanwhile, Centre Friday issued a drought advisory to Southern and Western states as water storage in dams dropped to a “critical” level. The advisory was directed at Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, asking them to use water judiciously.

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The rains have provided some relief for Delhi residents from the heat, but humidity continues to waver. In Rajasthan, temperatures drop after slight showers indicating a warm week ahead.

Delhi: Temperature settles seven notches below season's average

Delhiites enjoyed a pleasant Saturday and the relief from the scorching conditions is likely to continue over the weekend.

Safdarjung observatory, the recording of which is considered official for the city, recorded a minimum temperature of 19.5 degrees Celsius, seven notches below the season's average.

The maximum temperature settled at 33.1 degrees Celsius, seven notches below the season's average. Humidity oscillated between 87 per cent and 41 per cent. (PTI)

Rain, Thundershower in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka during next 3-4 days

Rain and thundershower with gusty strong wind are predicted over few places over multiple districts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in the next 3-4 days, Skymet reported.

Assam, Meghalaya can expect light rain for the next 24-36 hours

Delhi wakes up to a pleasant morning after overnight showers

Delhiites woke up to a pleasant morning today as overnight rain at some places in the city brought the temperature down. Safdarjung observatory, the recording of which is considered official for the city, recorded a minimum temperature of 19.5 degrees Celsius, seven notches below the season's average. Humidity was recorded at 77 per cent. The maximum temperature is likely to settle around 37 degrees Celsius. (PTI)

Gujarat reservoirs face 33 % water deficiency this year

In Gujarat, all 10 reservoirs are showing a downward trend in water levels this year as on May 16. According to the latest report on live storage of reservoirs in India, issued by Central Water Commission (CWC), Gujarat faces a deficiency of 33 per cent as far as water reserves in its reservoirs are concerned.

The reservoir basin-wise stocks are most deficient in that of Sabarmati, which flows through Gujarat, apart from those on the southern rivers of Godavari, Krishna and Cauvery. Drought advisories were sent to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana late last week, CWC member S K Haldar, said.

Delayed monsoon a worry, Gujarat worst affected

The water situation in the northwestern regions of the country, especially Gujarat and Maharashtra, is grim this summer, as many dams have reached dead stock, while total available water reserves have dwindled below May 2018 levels. With the Southwest monsoon expected to hit Kerala late on June 6 and its northward progression to be delayed, western India’s water woes are likely to go on for yet another month or more.

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The drought advisory is issued to states when the water level in reservoirs is 20 per cent less than the average of live water storage figures of the past 10 years. Water falls under the state list and the advisory recommends states to use it for drinking purpose only till the dams are replenished. The CWC monitors water storage available in 91 major reservoirs across the country.

According to the figures released on Thursday, the total water storage available was 35.99 billion cubic metres (BCM), which is 22 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM. The figure was at 24 per cent for the week ending on May 9. The situation seems to be grim in western and southern parts of the country. The western region includes Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs -- 10 in Gujarat and 17 in Maharashtra having a total live storage capacity of 31.26 BCM -- under the CWC monitoring.