Delhi would continue to reel under the searing heat for at least another week as the monsoon would be missing its annual scheduled date of reaching capital – June 29, the weather office said on Thursday.
According to the India Meteorological Department, till June 28, rains were 71 per cent 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 officials said the city received light rains over the weekend but these were not related to monsoon.
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.