Noida witnesses hot and humid conditions as rain stays away

Published on Jul 17, 2021 10:27 PM IST

No rainfall for three days in a row has shot up mercury levels, with the maximum temperature standing at 39

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ByKushagra Dixit, Noida:

No rainfall for three days in a row has shot up mercury levels, with the maximum temperature standing at 39.4 degrees Celsius in the city, three notches above normal, on Saturday. The high humidity, clubbed with higher temperatures, compounded the discomfort of residents though the weather department has predicted some relief from the sweltering heat on Sunday.

On Saturday, the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) office in Noida recorded a maximum temperature of 39.4°C, three degrees more than the 36.6°C recorded a day earlier, and a minimum of 28.8°C against Thursday’s 28.2°C.

At the Safdarjung monitoring station, considered to be representative of the National Capital Region, the maximum temperature recorded was 38.8°C, four degrees higher than the season’s average, and the minimum was 28.2°C, a degree higher than the season’s average.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall on Sunday, which will help bring down the mercury levels substantially.

According to weather scientists, the moisture laden easterly winds and shifting monsoon trough in the Delhi-NCR area will revive rainfall.

“Noida is likely to receive rainfall from July 18 to 21. The highest intensity is likely on Sunday as the monsoon trough line is shifting towards the Indo-Gangetic plains and is likely to show its effect till July 21. The mercury may thus drop substantially. Several regions, including parts of UP, east and west Rajashtan and Haryana, have already started to receiving showers. The mercury has been soaring for the past three days because there was no rainfall or clouds. The region is now receiving moisture laden easterly winds, which are favourable for rains,” said Mahesh Palawat, vice president, meteorology and climate change, of Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency.

“The maximum and minimum temperature are likely to hover around 34°C on Sunday. There are high chances of heavy to moderate rainfall,” said an IMD official.

So far, the city has received 1.5mm rain on Tuesday, the day monsoon finally marked its onset in Noida. IMD officials said that the monsoon arrived after running a 16-day delay.

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