This year’s summer in Delhi is turning out to be milder than those in the past decade.
If data of temperature extremes is analysed, it becomes clear that since 2007, this year has been relatively cooler in both May and June.
May and June are the hottest months of the year in Delhi.
In 2016, the highest maximum temperature so far at Safdarjung – the official weather observatory for Delhi – was 44 degrees Celsius on May 2. In June, the highest that the temperature has gone so far is 41.6 degrees Celsius. This is among the mildest in a decade in the city.
According to weatherman, the temperature is not expected to go above 41 degrees in the remaining few days of June.
If the temperature extremes of both May and June are included, 2016 saw the lowest extremes.
In 2014, the highest maximum temperature in May was recorded at 43.7 degrees Celsius but the highest maximum temperature in June that year shot up to 45.5 degrees.
In 2013, May saw the highest maximum with 45.7 degrees Celsius but things cooled down relatively in June with the highest maximum being recorded at 40.6 degrees Celsius.
This was also the year when the monsoon hit Delhi 13 days in advance on June 16. The expected date of arrival of monsoon in the national capital is June 29.
“The temperatures had hit the 44-degree mark on May 2 itself and there was speculation that the maximum temperature will touch at least the 45-degree mark by the end of the month but this did not happen. Local developments, thunderstorms, a cyclonic storm over Bengal and western disturbances kept the temperature in check. The maximum temperature recorded on May 2 remains the hottest of the season so far. This rarely ever happens,” said a senior Met official.
Monsoon, this year, is expected to be above normal and Delhi is also expected to get more than its fair share. The city saw a rain deficit of 70% between November and October.