The city received 70.8mm rain in 24 hours till 5pm on Saturday, the highest rainfall in a day this monsoon season. Data from the meteorological centre underlined that this was after much wait that the heavens opened up generously in Chandigarh. The highest single-day rain in any month since May this year earlier was 58.8mm on July 2.
As expected, the continuous showers on Friday and Saturday brought considerable relief from heat.
Maximum temperature on Saturday was 31.4 degrees Celsius and minimum remained at 22.4. The Met has forecast more rain over the next three days. The maximum temperature is expected to remain around 33 degrees Celsius and the minimum around 25 degrees.
Monsoon technically hit Chandigarh on July 2 and is to last till September 30. Before the rain in the past two days, the city was heading towards its driest monsoon in the past around three decades. This season the city has so far got 301mm rain, 420 mm below the normal figure — a 58% deficit. According to the annual south-west monsoon report, in August the city received just 30.9mm rain, while 287mm is considered a normal.
In June the city received 36.8mm rain, even as the normal is considered 120mm. Rainfall was 35% deficient in July when Chandigarh received only 182.7 mm against a normal of 282.4mm.