- On Wednesday, IMD had said conditions are favourable for the monsoon to reach Delhi
- The maximum temperature will come down to 33-34 degrees Celsius by July 1, it said
- The southwest monsoon usually arrives in the national capital on June 27
Delhi Temperature Today, Delhi Weather Today: Heavy rains lashed Delhi and adjoining areas on Thursday, following which the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today declared the arrival of the monsoon in Delhi-NCR. Taking to Twitter, the weather department today said, "Southwest monsoon has further advanced into entire Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, some parts of Rajasthan, entire Delhi, some parts of Punjab and Haryana today."
The mercury settled at 27.6 degrees Celsius in the morning. This comes a day after Delhi had struggled under sultry weather on Wednesday, with the weather office forecasting light overnight rains.
On Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department said conditions are favourable for the monsoon to reach the national capital either on Thursday or Friday.
The IMD has issued an orange alert, warning of moderate rainfall in the city on June 30. The maximum temperature will come down to 33-34 degrees Celsius by July 1, the weather office said.
The southwest monsoon usually arrives in the national capital on June 27.
A video shared by news agency ANI showed rains lashed the Dwarka area of Delhi today morning.
Senior IMD Scientist RK Jenamani said there is a prediction of good rainfall in the city on June 30 and the arrival of the monsoon can be declared on Thursday or Friday.
Last year, the IMD had forecast that the monsoon would arrive in Delhi nearly two weeks before its usual date. However, it reached the capital only on July 13, making it the most delayed in 19 years.
Asked about the delay in the arrival of the monsoon in Delhi, the senior scientist said a gap of around five days is considered normal.
According to IMD data, the monsoon covered Delhi 29 times in June and 33 times in July in the last 62 years. The IMD had in 2020 revised the date of monsoon arrival in Delhi from June 29 to June 27.
Weather experts have said the monsoon is expected to yield good rainfall in Delhi in the first 10 days and help cover the rain deficit.
On Wednesday, Delhi's base station recorded a maximum temperature of 40.9 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 51 per cent and 70 per cent.
(With inputs from agencies)