MERCURY DOWN With western disturbances expected to hit northwestern states over the next couple of days, the respite is likely to stay
NEW DELHI: Rains triggered by a western disturbance lashed Delhi since the wee hours of Monday which in turn helped bring down the mercury level. Met officials have predicted more showers over the next few days.
The city received about 24.8 mm of rain till 5.30 pm on Monday. This is higher than what Delhi received in one day (24 hours) in June 2016. In June last year, the maximum rain that the city had received on a single day was around 13.4 mm.
The highest rainfall that Delhi has received on a single day in the month of June was in 1936. The city received around 235 mm of rain on June 28 that year.
“The pre-monsoon rain and thundershowers would help to keep the soaring mercury level under control. The maximum temperature is likely to plummet to around 31 degrees Celsius by Thursday,” said the official.
The mercury had hit 44.6 degrees Celsius earlier this month on June 4.
Met officials are also hopeful that once the western disturbances arrive, they would induce favourable conditions for the monsoon to advance further towards Delhi.
Sometimes the monsoon current is strong enough and advances on its own. But at times it needs some push to advance over the Indian landmass. Certain atmospheric conditions such as a cyclonic circulation, a low pressure or a depression in the sea provide this push. MET OFFICIAL