Delhi’s wait for monsoon is getting tougher and longer by the day with the heat showing no signs of letting up.
On Sunday, the mercury touched 43 degrees Celsius in the afternoon, and turned it into one of this month’s worst scorchers.
The bad news is that it is going to get worse in the coming few days.
“The chances of rainfall or even any thundershowers is nil in the next five days,” said a Met official at the Safdarjung unit of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The government’s National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting has predicted that the minimum temperature (usually the morning temperature every day) would cross 31 degrees—around four degrees more than what is prevailing right now—in the next five days.
During the same time, the maximum temperature would remain at 43 degrees Celsius.
“The blistering winds added to the heat. We had shut ourselves indoors to keep the wind away,” said Arun Kumar (39), a businessman in Janak Puri.
While the Met department’s observatories recorded 43 degrees Celsius, a couple of degrees more than the normal mark, private temperature measuring instruments installed at traffic intersections at several parts of the city recorded much more.
At Defence Colony-Moolchand intersection, for instance, the ambient temperature in the afternoon was 47 degrees Celsius.
“The lack of any rain system is the result of this prolonged heat. North India has been unlucky with pre-monsoon showers this year, whereas in the Western parts of the country rains have already arrived,” said the Met official.
According to the latest observations by the IMD, the Southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of central Arabian Sea, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
This indicates that the conditions are favourable for rains over some more parts of Maharashtra including Mumbai, remaining parts of Karnataka and some more parts of Andhra Pradesh during the next 2-3 days.