New Delhi: On Thursday,The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, Mercury will continue to rise across the national capital today and is expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius, with isolated areas experiencing even 40 degrees Celsius. Temperatures rose a few notches on Wednesday as hot and humid weather returned to the city after a five-day reprieve thanks to pre-monsoon showers.
The mercury touched a high of 36.4 degrees Celsius, nearly four degrees above the previous day’s maximum temperature, data by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) showed. The temperature of delhi was 34.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. A scientist at IMD, Jenamani RK said, “Dry westerly winds are now starting to blow towards Delhi again, but the moisture content is also sufficient. This will bring some discomfort during the day as both humidity and temperature will be high. There is a possibility of thundery development on June 26 and chances of light rain on June 27, but before that, it will remain dry.”
In terms of air quality, Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 133 (moderate) at 8 am today morning, a slight improvement from Wednesday’s 4 pm reading of 139. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (Safar), the AQI is likely to improve over the next three days.“For the next three days (June 23-25), peak wind speed is likely to be around 15-20 km/hr, causing moderate dispersion, and AQI is likely to be within ‘moderate’ or the upper end of the ‘satisfactory’ category. Moderate temperature (32 degress Celsius) and mixing layer height (1-2 km) maintain moderate ventilation by convection improving air quality,” Safar said on Thursday.
Director, IMD Chandigarh Manmohan Singh said, “The weather is likely to be dry during the next three days and as a result the temperature will remain on the higher side over the state. The current wind pattern is also feeding moisture into the atmosphere. So, the high temperature coupled with humidity would increase discomfort. However, pre-monsoon activities are likely to resume June 26 with light to moderate rain and thundershowers at isolated places in Haryana.” he further said that pre-monsoon rain is a precursor for the southwest monsoon system in the region. “The monsoon has already advanced over many parts of the country, including east Uttar Pradesh and parts of Madhya Pradesh. There is no sign that suggests a delay in monsoon arrival in the region and it may advance over the state by the end of this month or early July,” he added.
For Thursday, IMD has predicted mostly sunny skies, with the minimum and maximum temperatures expected to hover around 24 and 37 degrees Celsius, respectively. Delhi recorded a maximum of 37.2 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 24.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday. Today, this is expected to be around 38 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius, respectively. Humidity is also expected to remain moderate today. On Wednesday, it was between 56 and 81 per cent.