Second driest June for Delhi in 26 years

Second driest June for Delhi in 26 years


An ‘unusual’ heat wave swept through Delhi on Sunday with the temperature level touching 42 degrees in the national capital.Delhi, this year, has also encountered its second driest June in 26 years.Though the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast that Delhi could receive a slight drizzle this week, the city might have to wait a few more days before the relief.

'As of today, we are expecting the southwest monsoon to hit Delhi around July 7. A low pressure area has developed over the Bay of Bengal and this will help the monsoon wind to advance further into central and west India,'  said Mr. KJ Ramesh, director general of IMD.

The IMD’s Safdarjung observatory, which is taken to be a representative of Delhi’s weather, received just 11.4 mm rain this June. This is the second driest June since 1993. In June 2010, the observatory received around 3.9mm rain — the driest June till date. In 1992, Safdarjung received around 10mm rain.

'Delhi (as a whole) is still reeling under 89% rain deficiency, the maximum in the country. Chandigarh with around 81% deficiency comes next. East, Central and South West Delhi are most rain deficient, with more than 95% deficiency. North Delhi received the maximum rain in June and has around 58% deficiency,' said a senior IMD official.