According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the city will continue to experience hot and humid days, with no rain till Sunday. “It will be a humid day with partly or mostly cloudy skies towards the afternoon. But there is no forecast of rain for the next six days,” an IMD official said.
The city received 69.5mm rain on an average so far this month, the normal rainfall being 174.2mm, pointing at a 60% deficit.
On Monday, the city’s air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 163 (moderate).
Meanwhile, the daytime temperature dropped slightly on Monday in Delhi due to gusty winds and more moisture content even as the weather department expects the mercury to rise on Tuesday.
According to weather scientists, there is, however, a slight possibility of formation of localised thunder cells that trigger intense rain and winds in small 4-7km areas. “The monsoon line of trough is towards the foothill, so the maximum temperature is expected to rise in Delhi-NCR and the chances of rain are less. However, since there is monsoon and also moisture content, the rising heat may lead to the formation of convective clouds, developing a local thunder cell,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, a scientist at India Meteorogical Department (IMD). On Sunday, one such activity led to intense rain and thunderstorms in Noida.
On Monday, the maximum temperature at base station Safdarjung was 35.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, against 36.2 degrees a day earlier. The minimum temperature was 26.4 degrees Celsius, normal for the season, against 26.9 degrees on Sunday. The humidity oscillated from 73% to 53%. The maximum temperature may hover around 37 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.