Rain warning: From today, the heat wave in northern India will be relieved and the temperature will drop by 2 to 3 degrees, said RK Jenamani, a scientist at the India Meteorological Department.
He further added that a system of western chaos was being created in northern India. Dust storms and light rain are seen. Relief and temperature reduction are also expected for the next one week. However, the heat will increase again from next week.
Besides, heavy rains will hit Delhi and northern India in about a month and a half. There is also a possibility of dust storms and light rain today and tomorrow in the vicinity of Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana and Chandigarh. He said that the temperature will also decrease.
Jenamani said that the progress of monsoon is going well. So far the rains have covered the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Pre-monsoon rains continue in Kerala and are expected to reach by May 27. Also, the monsoon will reach Delhi by the end of June, he predicted.
The meteorological department said the introduction of a cyclone over Punjab and Haryana would trigger pre-monsoon activity which would provide some relief from the intense heat on Monday and Tuesday.
According to the IMD, there is a possibility of thunderstorm or dust storm in the national capital on Monday.
The minimum temperature recorded on Monday morning was 30.8 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal. The relative humidity was 22 percent.
The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 41 degrees Celsius.
Mercury at 49.2 degrees Celsius in Mungeshpur, northwest Delhi, and 49.1 degrees Celsius at Najafgarh in the southwestern part of the city on Sunday triggered a painful heat wave that swept through the national capital and its environs on Sunday.
The maximum temperature at the Sports Complex reached 48.4 degrees Celsius, Jafarpur 47.5 degrees Celsius, Pitampura 47.3 degrees Celsius and Delhi Ridge 47.2 degrees Celsius.
(With PTI’s input)