NEW DELHI: Delhi’s date with the monsoon could be delayed, weather analysts have said as its arrival on June 27 seems unlikely.
The India Meteorological Department has not announced the monsoon arrival date. On Wednesday, it predicted moderate to light rain on June 29 and heavy to moderate rain on June 30, which is when the weather department is expected to declare the monsoon’s onset.
“There are chances that the monsoon may arrive between June 28 and June 30. Currently, it is stuck over the eastern region over Bihar and the Bay of Bengal and has not moved further. But the conditions are favourable for its advancement,” said Mahesh Palawat, vice-chairman of meteorology and climate change at Skymet. In 2023, the monsoon reached Delhi on June 25.
Several areas of the city saw a drizzle or very light rain towards Wednesday afternoon. Despite that, the weather was warm and humid. According to IMD, till 5.30pm, the Palam area recorded 2.3mm rainfall on Wednesday, Ayanagar 1.8mm, Pitampura 0.5mm and Lodhi Road and Ridge saw traces of rain.
Delhi has experienced a rise in its minimum temperature while the maximum temperature has dipped.
The heat index or the feel-like temperature on Wednesday was 52 degrees Celsius because of the humidity that oscillated between 51 % and 71%.
The maximum temperature on Wednesday was 39 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal and against 39.9 a day earlier. The minimum temperature was 31.6 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, four notches below normal and against 28.6 a day earlier.
According to the Met forecast, the maximum temperatures will drop further throughout the week, hovering around 38 degrees on Thursday and Fridy, 36 on Saturday and 34 on Sunday.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for very light rain and thunderstorms in parts of the city on Thursday.
“The intensity of rain will increase. On Friday and Saturday, parts of the city could receive moderate rainfall. While on Sunday June 30, there are chances of moderate to heavy rainfall, accompanied with gusty winds,” said an IMD official.