Rain may be back, but only by week­end

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: Af­ter a dry week in terms of rain, mon­soon ac­tiv­ity is ex­pected to elude the cap­i­tal this week as well. Clear skies are likely to pre­vail in the re­gion, cou­pled with high tem­per­a­tures and hu­mid­ity. The met of­fice says Delhi could see sim­i­lar con­di­tions this week, with rain likely to take place only by Satur­day.

Delhi has al­ready recorded ‘ex­cess’ rain­fall for the month of Septem­ber, cross­ing its monthly av­er­age in the first four days of the month. While the monthly av­er­age for Septem­ber is 125.1mm, the cap­i­tal, till Septem­ber 16 at 8.30pm, had re­ceived 179mm of rain­fall.

Of­fi­cials from the re­gional me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal cen­tre say Delhi may see cloudy con­di­tions over the week, how­ever, chances of rain are likely around the wee- kend. “The re­gion is now see­ing adry spell. There has been more rain ac­tiv­ity in parts like Pun­jab and Haryana, but not all NCR lo­ca­tions are see­ing rain,” said an of­fi­cial. Delhi’s max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture on Sun­day was recorded at 34.6° C—one de­gree above nor­mal, while the min­i­mum was recorded at 25.5° Cel­sius. Hu­mid­ity lev­els os­cil­lated be­tween 50% and 83% in the last 24 hours, of­fi­cials said.

“Hu­mid­ity lev­els have come down slightly, with mois­ture con­tent re­duc­ing. The max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture is, how­ever, ex­pected to rise even fur­ther over the next few days and may touch 36 de­grees C,” said the of­fi­cial.

Fore­cast for Mon­day shows partly cloudy skies with a max­i­mum and min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of around 35 and 26 de­grees Cel­sius, re­spec­tively, the of­fi­cial added.

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