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Delhi may receive light to moderate rainfall today

India Today logo India Today 15-07-2019 Prashasti Shandilya

Even after one of the driest monsoon seasons, it looks like Delhi will have to wait more.

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According to the Indian Meteorological Department's prediction, Delhi might receive light rainfall from Monday night to Wednesday.

"We are expecting a light rainfall from Monday night to Wednesday in Delhi and in parts of NCR. Delhi will receive a light rainfall but the NCR can receive moderate rainfall. This is due to the slight shifting of monsoon trough towards northern parts of the country which is currently at the foothills of Himalayas," said Indian Meteorological Department scientist Kuldeep Shrivastava.

Delhi generally records more than 50 per cent of rainfall in the month of June and July, however, this year it is witnessing a dry spell.

Apart from the dry spell, delay in the crucial southwest monsoon has raised concerns as the water table in the national capital has been declining.

"Around July 20 and 22 again, a dry spell is likely to hit the city. We're expecting a good rainfall in Delhi and Northwest India on July 24 and 25, because the Southwest trough is moving towards the Delhi-NCR and the eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh. However, monsoon has been deficit in the month of July- almost 66 per cent deficit- and on the seasonal level it is deficit by 73 per cent," Shrivastava said.

"This is because monsoon comes in spells, mostly weak and strong spells. If there are two to three strong spells by the end of this month, then we can foresee the southwest monsoon close to the normal level. But, the absence of weak spells is still a cause of our concern," Shrivastava added.

Though it is believed that the showers will cool down the capital, the declining southwest monsoon is still bothering the residents.

"After the spiking pollution levels, the least I expected was the monsoon to wash away the toxins we are breathing. But, the delay in the rains is a major area of concern as this is the only period where we can expect a relief from the plummeting air quality," said Sarita, a resident of Dwarka.

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