Rainfall in Delhi on Monday (image: twitter)

Delhi-NCR on Monday finally saw respite from the hot and humid weather conditions Monday as heavy rain and thundershowers hit the city.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted generally cloudy skies and very light rains along with thundershower in the national capital, a situation which would continue till Thursday.

Generally, cloudy skies with light rain or drizzle are expected in the coming days. “The city is likely to receive light rain till Thursday,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

Skymet, the weather forecasting agency too had predicted the same. “Winds over Delhi and NCR have changed to easterly. We expect the weather to change and rains will commence by today evening. Intensity will increase gradually,” Mahesh Palawat, Vice president Meteorology and Climate Change at the Skymet Weather had said earlier.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 26.6 degrees Celsius in the morning rose to 36 degrees Celsius in the afternoon while falling again.

Delhi, which normally experiences 50 percent rainfall in the month of June and July, however, this year it has not been the case. The situation worsened this time with southwest monsoons being delayed and the water table witnessing a decline.

Meanwhile, heavy rain in Assam on Monday flooded the Kaziranga National Park and National Highway 37. An increase in the water level of Brahmaputra river was seen, affecting nearly 200 villages in Morigaon district.

Over one lakh people were affected by incessant rain across Meghalaya for the last seven days. Further, heavy rainfall in Nepal brought a deluge in the state of Bihar, killing four and affecting nearly 18 lakh people throughout the state.

According to IMD forecast, rainfall is likely to remain along the foothills of Himalayas for the next two days causing floods in Bihar.

Moreover, widespread rains have been predicted for Assam and Meghalaya during the next 24 hours and are likely to decrease thereafter.

Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, north of Punjab, northern parts of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana are also likely to see rainfall during the next 4-5 days.  Meanwhile, Odisha and Chhattisgarh may receive rain from July 18 onwards.

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