Rain Forecast: Skies remained clear in the national capital on Saturday morning and the minimum temperature was recorded at 28.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal for this season. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain at isolated places in the city on Sunday. The minimum temperature at the Safdarjung observatory was recorded at 28.2 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity was recorded at 75 per cent till 8.30 am, the department said.
Meteorologists have predicted partly cloudy sky and light rain or thundershowers in the evening. At the same time, the maximum temperature is likely to be around 37 degree Celsius. The city received its first monsoon rain on Tuesday. Monsoon normally arrives in the national capital by June 27 but this time it has come 16 days late. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius on Friday while the maximum temperature was 37.8 degrees Celsius, which is three degrees Celsius above the normal temperature this season.
At the same time, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that in the next six to seven days, there is a forecast of heavy to very heavy rains in many areas of the country including the northern region. The department said that heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in the western Himalayan region and Uttar Pradesh from July 17 to 20. He said that from July 18 to 20, heavy rains are also expected in Punjab, Haryana, East Rajasthan and North Madhya Pradesh. Apart from this, there is a possibility of heavy rain in Delhi on 18 July.
The department said that heavy rains are expected in Uttar Pradesh on July 18, Jammu on July 19 and Uttarakhand on July 18 and 19. During the next six-seven days, there is a possibility of widespread rain over the West Coast and rest of West Peninsular India except Gujarat. The department said that during the same period, heavy to very heavy rains are likely over Konkan, Goa, Ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala. A flood warning has also been issued in Jammu and Kashmir.
The IMD said that there is a forecast of heavy rain in the Northeast as well. Heavy rains are expected at isolated places over Northeast India, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim till July 19, the intensity and spread of which is likely to reduce gradually later.
According to the Meteorological Department in Himachal Pradesh, a ‘yellow’ warning has been issued in view of the possibility of heavy rain, thunderstorm and lightning on the plains, low and medium hills on Saturday. On the other hand, ‘Orange’ warning has been issued by the department for July 18-20 for heavy to very heavy rain, thunderstorm and lightning. Moderate rain occurred in some areas of the state on Friday.
In Haryana and Punjab too, the maximum temperature rose on Friday after a few days of respite from the monsoon rains. The combined capital of both the states recorded a maximum temperature of 36.8 degrees Celsius. According to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, heavy to very heavy rains are forecast at some places in Haryana on 18, 19 and 20 July.
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