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IMD weather update: Delhi records minimum temperature of 29.4 deg C, heatwave conditions to persist

Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 29.4 °C, slightly above the season's average, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported on Thursday. The IMD forecasted partly cloudy skies with heatwave conditions and strong, occasionally gusty, surface winds.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Published on: June 13, 2024 11:06 IST
Delhi IMD weather update
Image Source : REUTERS/FILE PHOTO An Indian online delivery company rides a low-speed two-wheeler electric vehicle on a bridge on a hot summer day during a heatwave in New Delhi.

Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 29.4 degrees Celsius, slightly above the season's average, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday. Humidity levels stood at 37% at 8:30 AM. The IMD has forecast partly cloudy skies with heatwave conditions and strong, occasionally gusty, surface winds throughout the day. The maximum temperature is expected to reach around 45 degrees Celsius.

Air quality

Delhi's Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 181 in the 'poor' category at 9 AM, as per the Central Pollution Control Board. An AQI between 101 and 200 is considered 'moderate', and between 201 and 300 is 'poor'.

Monsoon update

Monsoon progress

A sluggish southwest monsoon covered large parts of Maharashtra on Wednesday but is awaiting a fresh pulse to advance across central and northern India, which are still facing intense heat.

Future monsoon coverage

The IMD indicated that the monsoon could cover Odisha, coastal Andhra Pradesh, and northwest Bay of Bengal within the next three to four days. An official noted that the Bay of Bengal arm of the monsoon is currently weak and needs a fresh pulse to move forward.

Heatwave conditions

Affected regions

  • Heatwave conditions persisted on Wednesday across several regions:
  • Most parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand.
  • Many parts of north Rajasthan.
  • Some parts of Himachal Pradesh, south Bihar, north Odisha.
  • Isolated pockets of Gangetic West Bengal.
  • Severe heatwave conditions were noted in isolated pockets of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Gangetic West Bengal.

Temperature extremes

Maximum temperatures ranged from 45-47 degrees Celsius in parts of west Jharkhand, south Uttar Pradesh, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, Punjab, and north Rajasthan. Kanpur IAF in eastern Uttar Pradesh reported the highest temperature of 47.5 degrees Celsius.

Expert insights

Monsoon hiatus

Former Earth Sciences secretary Madhavan Rajeevan highlighted that after a normal start, the monsoon has entered a hiatus. "Not much progress is expected in the next 8–10 days, thus delaying onset over north India. This causes extreme temperatures & heat waves over north India, including Delhi, UP, and Bihar," Rajeevan commented on X.

Expected monsoon onset dates

The weather office predicts that the monsoon will reach Bihar and Jharkhand by June 16-18, Uttar Pradesh from June 20-30, and Delhi around June 27, which aligns with the normal onset date for the national capital.

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