New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: People across the national capital on Sunday received respite from the scorching heat after heavy rains lashed Delhi-NCR.

In a statement, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that thundershowers with rains will likely continue in Delhi and in adjoining areas of Adampur, Hissar, Hansi, Jind, Gohana, Gannaur, Barut, Rohtak, Sonipat, Bagpat, Gurugram, Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad till Tuesday.

In another statement, the weather department said that thundershowers with lightening over Delhi-NCR region will likely continue over the next few days because of the clouds approaching from West/Northwest sector over Delhi.   

"The monsoon trough has started shifting towards the north. Light to moderate rains are expected in Delhi over the next two days," Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the regional forecasting centre of the IMD, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Meanwhile, the Safdarjung Observatory on Saturday said that 47.9 mm rainfall has been recorded in July so far, which is 56 per cent less than the normal of 109.4 mm. The Palam and Lodhi Road weather stations have also recorded 38 and 49 per cent less rains in July.  

On Saturday, the Safdarjung Observatory recorded a maximum of 36.4 degrees Celsius, three notches over the normal. Humidity levels shot up to 89 per cent. 

According to the IMD, the monsoon reached Delhi on June 25, two days earlier than the usual date of June 27. Normal rainfall was predicted in the national capital during the season.      

Light-to-moderate rainfall occurred in parts of Rajasthan, where the monsoon activity has remained subdued like Delhi, bringing relief to people from sultry weather.

The Shimla Meteorological Centre in Himachal Pradesh has issued a weather warning for very heavy rainfall for July 19 and July 20, an official said. The ‘orange' warning is for weather conditions that have the capacity to impact significantly.

Meanwhile, the offshore trough extending from Goa to Kerala has weakened, resulting in reduced rainfall in Mumbai and its suburbs over the past 24 hours. Also, the temperatures are likely to increase gradually, leading to sultry weather once again.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma