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IMD: Delhi to Witness Light Rainfall for Next Few Days; Red, Yellow & Orange Alert Issued in These States

Light rain and thundershowers are forecast in isolated areas on Friday, with maximum and lowest temperatures expected to be about 38 and 28°C, respectively.

Kritika Madhukar
On Thursday, Delhi’s base weather forecasting station, located at Safdarjung, recorded a temperature of 38.4 degrees Celsius
On Thursday, Delhi’s base weather forecasting station, located at Safdarjung, recorded a temperature of 38.4 degrees Celsius

According to the authorities from the Indian Meteorological Department, parts of Delhi received light rain on Thursday bringing the humidity and temperature down to some level. The IMD officials added that the national capital is likely to receive scattered rain or drizzles for the next six days until the monsoon trough shifts back towards northwest India.

The Weather Department also issued an orange alert for several parts of Maharashtra, including Satara, Palghar & Pune. Besides, a yellow alert has been issued in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, a red alert for heavy rainfall has been issued in eight districts of Gujarat including Surat, Tapi, Dang, Valsad, Junagadh, Gir, Bhavnagar, and Navsari.

On Thursday, Delhi’s base weather forecasting station, located at Safdarjung, recorded a temperature of 38.4 degrees Celsius (°C), three degrees more than average for this time of year. 

The humidity level fluctuated between 65 and 83 percent, making for a rather steamy day. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a green alert for Delhi for the next six days, until July 20.

According to RK Jenamani, a scientist at IMD, conditions in Delhi and its surrounding regions are still inadequate for moderate or heavy rainfall, however, isolated locations may still experience mild to moderate showers due to convective rain. 

"When humidity and temperatures are high, thunderclouds might develop in some regions and provide a brief and powerful period of rain in others."

At 8.30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Safdarjung reported just 'trace' rainfall. Safdarjung, Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge, and Ayanagar stations recorded 'trace' rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm on Thursday, while Delhi University recorded 0.5mm. On Thursday, Mayur Vihar received the most rain (2mm).

The lowest temperature in Delhi was 28.4°C, which was one degree above usual. On Thursday, the hottest spot in Delhi was the Najafgarh station, which broke the 40-degree threshold with a temperature of 40.1°C. At 30.6°C, the Sports Complex station in Akshardham achieved the greatest minimum temperature.

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