Rain plays hard to get, Delhi has 43% deficit

The sun played hide and seek in Delhi on Sunday, but no rain fell and the maximum temperature rose three notches above average to 37 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has held out hope of some rain on Monday.

According to the Met department, the capital so far has a rainfall deficit of 43 per cent.

‘This season has seen a 43 per cent deficit in rainfall in the capital. Countrywide, there’s a 23 per cent deficit, but we expect that the rains will pick up in a few days,’ said an India Meteorological Department [IMD] official.

According to IMD, the normal rainfall expected till 15 July is 153.8 mm while this year, the capital has received only 87.6 mm rainfall so far. Some deficit could be attributed to the delayed onset of monsoon, which arrived a week later than expected this year.

Sunday’s humidity readings showed a maximum of 82 per cent and minimum of 48 per cent while the minimum temperature rose a notch above average to settle at 28 degrees Celsius.

The capital saw a meagre 0.1 mm rainfall till 8.30 am and none till 5.30 pm.

‘Monday should see partly cloudy skies and we expect light rainfall or thundershowers in some parts of Delhi. The day’s maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to be 37 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively,’ added the official.

Saturday’s maximum and minimum temperatures both settled a notch below average at 33 degrees and 25.7 degrees Celsius respectively.
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