Sultry Weather Grips Delhi: Mercury Rises to 38°C as Monsoon Remains Weak

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File photo of cloudy Delhi evening.

(MOHIT BHUMIA / BCCL, Delhi)

Even as India recorded 3% excess rainfall this monsoon season, the capital city Delhi is reeling under a substantial deficit of 35%. As monsoon remained elusive, Delhi has recorded only 348 mm rain in over 100 days from June 1 to September 10— less than what Mumbai received in a single day on July 1 this year.

The weak monsoon over the national capital has also led to persistent sultry weather conditions. Temperatures have stayed at around 38°C since Sunday. On Tuesday, the mercury touched 38.4°C at Palam and 37.5°C at Safdarjung—4 notches above normal for this time of the year in Delhi.

The maximum humidity recorded in the city is nearly 90% while the minimum has also remained above 50%. Even on Wednesday morning, Delhiites woke up to hot and humid weather conditions. The humidity hovered at around 83%, and the minimum temperature remained above 28°C at Safdarjung.

With no active weather systems over the national capital region, forecasts suggest very less rainfall this week. On Wednesday, skies will remain partly cloudy with possibility of thunder and lightning. The regional met centre forecasts generally cloudy skies with light rain till Saturday. Maximum temperatures are likely to drop gradually to a normal of 33°C by the weekend.

As the monsoon withdrawal approaches, Delhi is unlikely to make up for the deficit and this monsoon is expected to end on a dry note for Delhi. Most parts of northwest India witnessed substantially below-normal monsoon this year with 39% deficit in Haryana and around 24% deficit in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand.

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2019-09-11 05:54:05

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