Overcast conditions meant Delhi recorded a maximum of just 27.6 degrees Celsius—seven notches below normal for this time of the season. India Meteorological Department forecasts light to moderate showers to continue until the end of the month. An ‘orange’ alert is in place for Thursday, indicating the possibility of moderate rainfall.
Kuldeep Srivastava, the scientist at IMD and head of the regional met office, said IMD’s seven-day forecast indicated rain until July 3 and another wet day was expected across the city on Thursday. “Conditions look ideal for another spell of moderate rainfall, while some parts may receive light rainfall. Some isolated parts may also receive heavy rainfall,” said Srivastava. He says the intensity of the rain may remain similar on Friday, however, it is expected to reduce from Saturday onwards.
Safdarjung, Delhi’s base station, recorded 5.4mm of rainfall until 8:30 am on Wednesday, recording another 4.1mm of rainfall in the next nine hours. Palam received 68.7mm of rainfall till 8:30 am, followed by 26.8mm of rainfall in the next nine hours. Ridge and Ayanagar stations received ‘moderate’ rainfall through the day with 32.6 and 22.4mm of rainfall recorded, respectively, between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. Relative humidity levels also remained on the higher side on Wednesday, oscillating between 84 and 100%.
Rainfall is classified as ‘light’ when it is between 2.5 and 15.5mm, as ‘moderate’ when it is between 15.6 and 64.4mm, and ‘heavy’ when it is above 64.5mm in a single day.
Till Wednesday morning, Safdarjung had received 386.3mm of rainfall, which is almost double the monthly normal mark of 210.6mm.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s air quality improved to the lower limit of the ‘satisfactory’ category with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of 61. On Tuesday, it was recorded as 98 (satisfactory).
The city is expected to record a maximum temperature of around 29 degrees Celsius on Thursday.