The rain gods have not been kind to Chandigarh this year, with the city recording the decade's lowest rainfall in the month of June.
The weather department here recorded only 37.8 mm of rainfall till Monday. Till June 27 there was only 11 mm rainfall but on Monday alone, there was 26.8 mm of rainfall.
"Chandigarh gets its rainfall only through western disturbances that were very weak this year and that is the only reason behind meagre rainfall as compared to the past," Chatar Singh Malik, director, meteorological centre, Chandigarh, told IANS Tuesday.
The maximum June rainfall recorded in the last 10 years was 376 mm in 2008 when the monsoon arrived early in the second week of June. While the minimum rainfall in the last one decade recorded in this month was 66.5 mm in 2006.
In 1999, it had rained around 211.9 mm in June.
The duty officer of the meteorological department here said the rainfall this June was below average. The average rainfall is 87.5 mm.
"In fact, the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana also have received comparatively less rainfall in June than in previous years. Now we are expecting good rain in the months ahead. We have already got pre-monsoon showers and by Wednesday we are expecting the monsoon to arrive in the region in full strength," Malik said.