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Weather forecast HIGHLIGHTS: Heavy rainfall in parts of Delhi-NCR, Monsoon to hit Kerala on June 6

Weather forecast HIGHLIGHTS: Apart from the warning about heavy rainfall, IMD has also alerted the formation of a cyclonic circulation over West Rajasthan. West Bengal and Sikkim are likely to receive heavy rains between May 12 and 16, 2019.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 15, 2019 10:36:36 pm
Heavy rainfall in parts of Delhi-NCR, IMD predicts thunderstorm in north Heavy rain in Delhi NCR on Wednesday morning. (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Weather forecast HIGHLIGHTS: Various parts of Delhi-NCR witnessed rainfall Wednesday morning, bringing relief to the otherwise scorching heat in the national capital.

Heavy rains lashed various parts of North India including states of Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday. IMD has issued a warning for rainfall and thunderstorm over northwest and adjoining central India till May 15. Apart from the warning about heavy rainfall, IMD has also alerted the formation of a cyclonic circulation over West Rajasthan. West Bengal and Sikkim are likely to receive heavy rains today and tomorrow.

The air quality in the national capital improved significantly after this morning’s downpour, authorities told news agency PTI. The air quality index (AQI) of the city was recorded at 138 on Tuesday according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research Institute (SAFAR), while the Central Pollution Control Board recorded Delhi’s AQI at 147 and could well drop further today.

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Weather forecast today: Air quality in the national capital region improves as downpour continues in Delhi-Noida, thunderstorm expected in various parts of North India.

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    15:28 (IST)15 May 2019
    Zero Shadow Day in Mumbai at noon today
    Express photo by Prashant Nadkar, Wednesday 15th May 2019, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Express photo by Prashant Nadkar, Wednesday 15th May 2019, Mumbai, Maharashtra

    Zero Shadow Day in Mumbai at noon today, the sun will be exactly overhead. The sun usually transits a bit lower in altitude, a bit to the north or a bit to the south, and is not exactly overhead on all other days of the year.

    Express photo by Prashant Nadkar, Wednesday 15th May 2019, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Express photo by Prashant Nadkar, Wednesday 15th May 2019, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    14:32 (IST)15 May 2019
    Light rain predicted for next two days in Delhi-NCR

    The Safdarjung observatory, recording for which is considered official for the city, recorded traces of rainfall, while Palam and Lodhi Road observatories recorded 1.8 and 1.5 mm rainfall respectively. The weatherman predicted a windy day with the possibility of thundershowers, light rain accompanied by lightning. The maximum temperature is likely to settle around 34 degrees Celsius. According to a MeT department official, light rain is predicted for the next two days. (PTI)

    14:23 (IST)15 May 2019
    The Southwest monsoon is likely to miss its date with Kerala on June 1

    IMD in its onset -forecast informed that the monsoon arrival over the Andaman and Nicobar islands will happen towards the end of this week. Normally, it arrives over the islands anytime between May 10 – May 15. ”Conditions are becoming favourable for monsoon to advance onto Andaman and Nicobar islands around May18 or May 19,” the forecast suggested. Read the full story here

    13:44 (IST)15 May 2019
    MeT predicts light rain for next two days

    According to a MeT department official, light rain is predicted for the next two days.  On Tuesday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 20.8 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature was recorded at 35.6 degrees Celsius.

    12:39 (IST)15 May 2019
    Monsoon to hit Kerala on June 6, to be delayed by 5 days: IMD

    The monsoon will arrive in Kerala on June 6, five days after its normal onset date, the IMD announced in its monsoon forecast on Wednesday. The normal onset date for monsoon over Kerala is June 1, with a standard deviation of about a week. Read full story here

    11:28 (IST)15 May 2019
    Rain brings much needed respite from heat

    Rain brought a much-needed respite from the scorching heat on Wednesday and this spell of pleasant weather is likely to continue for another couple of days. Several parts of the capital received morning showers which made the weather pleasant. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.3 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average and humidity was recorded at 82 per cent at 8.30 am, news agency PTI reported.

    11:18 (IST)15 May 2019
    SEE PHOTOS | Visuals of rainfall at ITO
    10:22 (IST)15 May 2019
    Dust-storm accompanied by rain in Haryana and Rajasthan

    Duststorm accompanied by rain is expected in many districts of Haryana and Rajasthan such as Jind, Rohtak, Fatehabad, Hisar, Jaisalmer, Sirsa, Bhiwani and Jhajjar today: SkymetWeather

    10:01 (IST)15 May 2019
    In Pics | Heavy downpour in several parts of Delhi-NCR

    (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)
    (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)
    (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)

    09:44 (IST)15 May 2019
    Stubble burning rises: Late harvest, poll duty

    NASA’s fire mapper, which uses satellites to map the number of active fires in a region, shows that the instances of fires in Punjab and Haryana have sharply risen over the last week. The spike in crop burning comes despite several orders from the state government, the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the National Green Tribunal, which have directed that farmers burning crop residue be fined based on the area under cultivation. Read the full story

    09:30 (IST)15 May 2019
    IN PHOTOS | Visuals of rainfall at Mandi House and Shastri Bhawan
    09:23 (IST)15 May 2019
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    Good Morning! As rains lash the city, the pollution levels have decreased but IMD predicts thunderstorm in various parts of North India. The downpour is likely to bring respite to the residents from the heat. Stay tuned to this space for the latest weather updates.

    Delhi pollution, delhi air quality, delhi air, air quality index, delhi vehicles, delhi governmet, indian express Weather forecast today: The overall air quality in Delhi was in the "moderate" category due to rains. (Express file photo by Abhinav Saha)

    The level of PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) was recorded at 64 and PM10 at 156, the SAFAR said, according to news agency PTI. Delhi's air quality was oscillating between 'very poor' and 'severe' for the last few days due to a dust storm in northwest India which led to a sharp increase in the PM2.5 level.

    "Intense rain and thundershower activities are lashing most parts of Delhi, Noida, Gurugram and Faridabad," Skymetweather wrote on Twitter.

    A delayed harvest of wheat crop in Punjab and Haryana and most pollution control board officials deployed on election duty has led to a spike in crop residue burning across the two states. NASA’s fire mapper, which uses satellites to map the number of active fires in a region, shows that the instances of fires in Punjab and Haryana have sharply risen over the last week.