Northwest India including Delhi is perishing under rising mercury and high humidity. Severe heat wave conditions continue in several parts of Rajasthan, adjoining Haryana, Delhi, northwest Madhya Pradesh and some pockets of south west Uttar Pradesh. On Thursday, maximum temperatures were 6-9 degrees above normal at Nowgong (44.5⁰C), Churu (44.2⁰C), Delhi-Palam (43.5⁰C), Sheopur (43.4⁰C), Satna (43.2⁰C), Khajuraho(43⁰C) and Agra (43⁰C).
Rajasthan, Gujarat and west Madhya Pradesh still haven’t been enclosed by the northern limit of Monsoon. The Monsoon line has reached north Rajasthan, touching Bikaner, but rain is yet to occur in the parched state. Southwest Monsoon generally covers west Rajasthan by 15th July, therefore cities here are just about 2⁰C above normal. But temperatures in places like Kota and Jaipur (both 7⁰C above normal) in the eastern side should have come down by now.
Rajasthan is still the hottest in the country, recording more than 40⁰C in cities like Kota (41.6⁰C), Jaisalmer (40.5⁰C), Jaipur (42.3⁰C) and Bikaner (41.6⁰C).
Day temperatures are rising above 40⁰C also in areas where Southwest Monsoon has already reached, like in parts of Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Weather in Delhi
Delhi has been longing for good Monsoon rain since the declaration of Southwest Monsoon in North India. Temperature has been rising from 37⁰C on Sunday to 41.3⁰C on Thursday, due to lack of good showers. While maximum at Safdarjung Observatory was 6⁰C above normal average, Palam at 43.5⁰C was 8⁰C above normal.
There could be some relief from the scorching heat as Delhi is likely to receive light rain on late Sunday evening or next morning but Rajasthan and adjoining areas will remain parched.
According to the latest weather update by Skymet Meteorology Division in India, the weather in Rajasthan and adjoining areas like northwest Madhya Pradesh and Haryana is expected to be hot and dry in the coming days, as the moist south westerlies are reaching only up to southern parts of Rajasthan.