The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast says light to moderate rain or thunderstorms are likely in Delhi on Saturday, after parts of the city received rainfall earlier in the day.
The city also recorded light to moderate rain on Friday. In the last 24 hours, the Safdarjung weather station has measured around 20.2 mm of precipitation. Much of this rain was seen between 5.30am and 8.30am on Saturday morning. Aya Nagar in South Delhi received the highest rainfall in the last 24 hours – 55.4 mm. The Aya Nagar Weather Observatory is the only one in the city that has recorded heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours.
The maximum temperature on Saturday is likely to be 32 degrees Celsius. The low early on Saturday was 24.5 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal. The maximum temperature recorded on Friday was 32.2 degrees Celsius, two degrees below the usual temperature for this time of year, while the temperature at 8.30am on Saturday was 26 degrees Celsius.
It is expected to continue to rain next week. An IMD update on Saturday said light to moderate thunderstorm activity is likely to continue over the next three days in isolated parts of Delhi, Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and northern Rajasthan. Cloudy skies and light rain are forecast for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Delhi. Light to moderate precipitation activity is forecast to continue for North West India from August 4th to 6th.
According to an IMD bulletin released early Saturday, the monsoon trough is north of its normal position and is likely to remain there for the next four to five days. This will likely bring widespread rainfall in Punjab and Haryana on July 30th and Himachal Pradesh on July 30th and 31st. The IMD forecast also states that isolated cases of very heavy rains are likely on July 30th and 31st over Uttarakhand.
The month of July is likely to end with excessive rain for Delhi’s base weather station, Safdarjung. So far this month, Safdarjung has recorded 273.4mm of rainfall, a 35% excess of the normal of 201.9mm.