Monsoon eludes Delhi, no respite from heat

There was little relief from the heat in the capital Friday with the minimum temperature settling four notches above average at 31.6 degrees Celsius.

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2012, 10:50 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: There was little relief from the heat in the capital Friday with the minimum temperature settling four notches above average at 31.6 degrees Celsius. The met office has forecast a hot, cloudy day in store.

"The skies will remain partly cloudy... There is no forecast of rain. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around the 42 degrees Celsius mark," said an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Humidity at 8.30 am was 37 percent.

Yesterday`s maximum temperature settled five notches above average at 41.6 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was two notches above average at 30.4 degrees Celsius.

Monsoon misses June 29 date with Delhi

The monsoon would be missing its annual scheduled date of reaching capital - June 29, the weather office has said.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), till June 28 rains were 71 percent below average in the city as the monsoon winds had not advanced from Uttar Pradesh over Delhi and its neighbouring areas.

"The winds have reached Uttar Pradesh but it will take around a week for them to reach Delhi," said an IMD official.

The MET Office said that the city received light rains over the weekend but these were not related to monsoon.

The IMD said that the annual monsoon rains were most likely to be normal in the capital despite the scanty rainfall so far.

In its monsoon update for June-August, issued on June 22, the IMD reduced the expected annual rainfall from 99 per cent, forecast in April, to 96 per cent.

IANS inputs