Granting some respite, the temperatures came down by a notch in the national capital on Thursday, bringing some relief from the scorching heat. The weatherman has forecasted rain, thunderstorm or dust storm later in the day in Delhi area.
Monsoon, delayed by a week, is now expected to arrive by June 8. The normal onset date for monsoon over Kerala was June 1 which also marks the beginning of the four-month-long rainfall season.
The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 41 degrees Celsius in the capital.
The meteorological department also predicted rains and thunderstorms in several parts of North India. There is also a possibility of a thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and winds gusting up to 40 kilometres per hour.
Warning of duststorm or thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds and lightening at isolated places over western Uttar Pradesh and light rains in Jammu.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday were the hottest days so far this year in the National Capital Region (NCR). Temperatures soared to 46.8 degrees Celsius on Thursday at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Friday and Saturday saw similar conditions with a high around 46 degrees Celsius both days. High temperatures of 42-44 degrees Celsius were reported from Sunday to Wednesday.
Until yesterday, Churu in Rajasthan retained its ‘hottest’ title, recording a maximum of 47.3 degrees Celsius, even as light rainfall occurred at isolated places in eastern parts of the state.
Besides, Kota recorded a high of 47 degrees Celsius, followed by Ganganagar at 46.8 degrees Celsius, Bikaner 46 degrees Celsius, Jaisalmer 45.1 degrees Celsius, Ajmer 44.5 degrees Celsius,and Jaipur at 44.1 degrees Celsius.
Accuweather has forecasted rainfall to typically spread over northwestern India, including the NCR, during mid- to late June.
The respite from the sweltering heat is a good news as India endures lengthy heat waves each year prior to the arrival of monsoon rainfall. More than 6,000 heat-related deaths have been reported in India since 2010, according to the Times of India.