NEW DELHI: The southwest is expected to slow down this week and is likely to arrive in Delhi only around its normal expected date of June 29, officials said.
The city is likely to see a spell of clear skies for the next five days, with only one spell of pre-monsoon shower expected before the monsoon arrives. “The activity seems to be on schedule and the normal date for Delhi is around June 29. Monsoon may come a day early, however right now it appears to be on track and we expect it to hit Delhi by June 28-29,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at IMD’s regional Met office.
“The monsoon hits in different phases and activity is likely to slow down over the next few days. Delhi right now will see clear sky till June 17 and we expect one more spell of pre-monsoon showers before the monsoon arrives,” Srivastava added.
Delhi had witnessed thundershowers on Saturday evening, with a dust and squall of wind speed touching 98km/hr striking the capital. While Safdarjung recorded 4.7mm of rainfall in 24 hours, Palam had received 27.3mm of rainfall.
On Monday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 41 degrees Celsius – one degree above normal for the season. Humidity levels, meanwhile, oscillated between 30% and 60%.
According to the Met office, Delhi is expected to see another warm day on Tuesday with the maximum temperature touching 42 degrees, however the temperature is then expected to drop and could touch 39 degrees by June 17.
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