No major relief from the extreme heat in Delhi-NCR and other parts of northwestern India is likely until June 15, though the maximum temperature could drop to a few degrees over the weekend, the Indian Meteorological Department said on Thursday.
The hot spell has been observed in northwestern and central India since June 2 due to the onset of hot and dry western winds.
The weather department added that from June 16, the humid east winds will bring significant relief to the area.
“Heatwave warnings are expected in some parts of northwestern and central India on Thursday but no steep rise in temperature is expected,” said RK Jenamani, senior IMD scientist, according to news agency PTI.
“The heatwave spell recorded in late April and May is less intense, but the impact area is almost equal,” he said.
The long-awaited pre-monsoon activity is expected in East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha from June 12, bringing some comfort to these areas. However, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and the northern parts of Uttar Pradesh will continue to see temperatures above normal by June 15, an IMD official said.
“Parts of northwestern India, including Delhi-NCR, will report minimal relief on June 11-12. There will be cloudy weather over the weekend but rainfall is unlikely,” he said.
Until June 15, temperatures are between 40 degrees and 43 degrees Celsius.
“The region could see thunderstorms and rain due to the humid east winds from June 16, which is expected to bring significant relief from the heat,” he said.
The IMD said it was too early to predict when the monsoon will reach Delhi-NCR and other parts of northwest India.
Last year, the IMD had forecast that the monsoon would arrive in Delhi about two weeks before its normal date (June 27). However, it only reached the capital and neighboring areas on July 13, the most delayed in 19 years.
(With agency inputs)