Delhi: As the national capital reels under severe heatwaves, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday said that the conditions for monsoons are not favourable and are delayed. While speaking to news agency ANI, senior IMD official Kuldeep Srivastava said that the heatwave in the national capital is likely to continue. “Today’s temperature in Delhi is likely to stay above 42 degree Celsius. The heatwave is likely to continue. Light rain is predicted on 2nd and 3rd July and temperature might drop. Conditions for monsoons are not favorable and are delayed,” he said.Also Read - Maharashtra, Goa to Witness Heavy Rainfall Till June 25, IMD Issues Orange Alert For Coastal Areas

“Further advance of Southwest Monsoon into remaining parts of Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab is not likely till July 7,” IMD further added. Also Read - 10 Most Common Monsoon Diseases And Measures to Control Them

The maximum temperature in the national Capital was earlier predicted to touch 42 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature is likely to be 29 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.  On Tuesday, the maximum temperature in Delhi had risen to 43 degrees Celsius, the highest recording this year. The IMD had classified it as the first day of heatwave this season. Also Read - IMD Issues Heavy Rain Alert For Mumbai, Thane on Tuesday; Says Monsoon in Delhi Around Usual Date

The maximum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung Observatory, the official marker for the city, was seven notches above normal, weather officials said. By July 7, conditions are predicted to become favourable for the monsoon to advance into the region, according to the MeT office.

Most of the monitoring stations in the capital recorded a severe heat wave, with their respective maximum temperature remaining at least 7 degrees Celsius above the average temperature. A severe heat wave seared Lodhi Road (43.7 degrees Celsius), Ayanagar (44.2), Ridge (44), Mungeshpur (44.3), Najafgarh (44.4), Pitampura (44.3) and Narela (43.7), officials said.

The monitoring station at Pusa recorded a high of 44.3 degrees Celsius, eight notches above normal, they added. For the plains, a “heat wave” is declared when the maximum temperature is more than 40 degrees Celsius, and at least 4.5 notches above normal.

A “severe” heat wave is declared if departure from normal temperature is more than 6.5 degrees Celsius, according to the IMD. On Monday, Delhi recorded the first heat wave this summer with the mercury levels increasing to 43 degrees Celsius.

Another heat wave has been predicted for Thursday. Light rainfall and dust storm on Friday are likely to bring the mercury below the 40 degrees mark. “Usually, the capital witnesses heat waves till June 20 and cooler temperatures thereafter. The increase in the maximum temperature this time can be attributed to the delay in the arrival of the monsoon,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD”s regional forecasting centre.

There has been no rainfall in the last few days and warm westerly winds are blowing across a major part of northwest India, which has not been covered by the monsoon yet, he said. After arriving two days late in Kerala, the monsoon had raced across the country, covering eastern, central and adjoining northwest India, seven to 10 days earlier.

The meteorological office had earlier predicted that the wind system may reach Delhi by June 15, which would have been 12 days early.

(With PTI Imputs)