Delhi recorded the highest rainfall in the last 27years,for the month of January. Base station at Safdarjung measured 63.6mm of rainfall between 01stJan and 10thJan, ending 8.30am today morning. This is the highest rainfall since Jan 1995, when it registered 69.8mm during the month. It is just 1/3rd of the month by now, and with more spells expected during the month, there is a fair chance to breach and break the 27years old record also.
The western disturbance is clearing the hills shortly and the induced circulation from the northern plains is also shifting eastward. The rain belt will move to the central and eastern parts of the country this week and spare the national capital from yet another wet spell. Next few days till the weekend are going to be a mix of sunshine with few thin clouds on some days.
After the cessation of rains, invariably Delhi witnesses thick fog around this time of the year. However, the dense fog disrupting road, rail and air traffic has remained conspicuously evasive this season so far. Patchy and moderate fog is quite likely with limited spread and intensity. In the wake of the passage of western disturbance, as it usually happens, the night temperature will dip in a gradual way.
Despite heavy snow across Western Himalayas, there is no likelihood of any blast of freeze during the week. Sweep of icy winds, down the mountain slopes is being restricted due to uncanny wind pattern in the neighborhood of national capital. Yet, the minimum temperature will take a dive to go down and reach about 4°C, at least in few areas of Delhi by end of the week. Accordingly, cold wave conditions can make a comeback, albeit mild and shallow.
The next active western disturbance will arrive not before 18thJan. Thick clouds and rains are likely thereafter. Wet spell of 2-3 days can not be ruled out. Possibly, this spell will help surpassing 27year old record of January 1995 and set the new mark.