October this year has received the highest rain since 2004, the meteorological office said on Thursday.
Meteorological department director Surender Paul said in most years after 2004, the rainfall in October had remained less than the 40-mm rain this year, adding that it was 6.8 mm in 2012 and 134 mm in 2004.
Talking about Thursday's rainfall, Paul said the rain was a result of abrupt change in local weather conditions. “The rainfall was due to western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and neighbourhood states, and endued cyclonic circulation over western Pakistan,” Paul said, adding that due to deep trough in the Jammu and Kashmir region, strong winds prevailed in this region on Thursday. Highest wind speed was recorded at 40 kmph.
He said shallow rains were expected to start by Thursday evening, but it got advanced and heavy rain spells with strong winds started in the wee hours of the day.
Rain spells in October and November are rare. “If they happen, they are shallow. But we could call this one a moderate spell,” he added.
Paul said the forthcoming days might see a dip in temperature in the night as well as day, and there was possibility of dry spell ahead.
“Clouds are likely to subside by Friday evening and it should be clear sky around Diwali,” Paul added.
The Met director further said winter had started setting in. “Post Diwali, there is possibility of long dry spells and drop in temperature,” he said.