Delhi records minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius; IMD predicts cloudy sky with light rain
According to the India Meteorological Department, Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 20.1 degrees Celsius on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The temperature was four notches below the normal temperature. The weather office predicts that the sky will remain generally cloudy with light rain or drizzle during the day. The maximum temperature may settle around 36 degrees Celsius, and the relative humidity was recorded at 63% at 8.30 a.m.
Delhi Receives Over 200% Excess Rainfall In Pre-Monsoon Season This Year
Due to back-to-back western disturbances in the previous two weeks, Delhi has received over 200% more rainfall than usual in the pre-monsoon season, which lasts from March 1 to May 31. Normally, Delhi receives 48 mm of rain over this season, but this year, the Safdarjung Observatory reported 119 mm of rain, which is 221% higher precipitation than the usual 37.1 mm. The manual weather station at Palam reported 109.9 mm of rain, compared to the usual of 33 mm. Rainfall witnessed at Lodhi Road (119.5 mm), Ridge (114.2 mm), and Ayanagar (113.4 mm) was also at least 220% over average.
Western disturbances are weather systems that originate in the Mediterranean region and deliver unseasonal rainfall to northwest India. Delhi is expected to experience another western disturbance beginning on May 5, 2023. Cloudy skies and intermittent showers are forecast in the capital until May 7, according to an IMD spokesperson. The maximum temperature is expected to remain below 35 degrees Celsius until May 8.
Unseasonal weather in Delhi
May has traditionally been the warmest month in Delhi, with a mean maximum temperature of 39.5 degrees Celsius. However, due to the unseasonal rainfall, maximum temperatures in the pre-monsoon season have been lower than usual. Delhi had an uncommon bout of dense fog on Thursday morning, which lowered the temperature to 15.8 degrees Celsius, making it the third coldest May morning since the IMD began collecting records in 1901. So far in May, the Safdarjung Observatory has recorded 45.7 mm of rainfall, according to IMD statistics. The capital receives 19.7 mm of rain each month on average.
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