Residents of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana who are groaning under sweltering heat and looking heavenwards for some respite from stiffling humidity will have to wait a bit more as the monsoons will hit the two states and the union territory between July 1 and 10, while the region would witness pre-monsoon showers by June 24, 2013.
The meteorological centre, Chandigarh, has predicted that the next three days would be partly cloudy sky with the possibility of thundery development/light rain in the region.
"The monsoons will arrive in the region between July 1 and 10 and are expected to be on time, while pre-monsoon showers will hit the tricity by June 24. The monsoon route is currently being tracked in central India and is slowly advancing towards the northern region. There will be some rain after June 12 in the region," Met centre director Surinder Paul said.
Last year, the monsoons were delayed considerably even as pre-monsoons had already hit the region in the first week of July 2012. The rains had arrived by the middle of July 2012.
Maximum temperature has been constant at 39 degrees Celsius for the past three days in the region, with the minimum swinging between 28 and 29 degrees. But the city has been experiencing north-westerly winds.
Humidity has been on the increase during evening hours due to winds blowing from the Himachal region. The weatherman has predicted rainfall from June 12 onwards that is likely to bring respite from humid climate to the tricity residents.
Date of onset of monsoons in Punjab, Haryana and UT in the past five years
2012 July 10
2010 July 5
2009 June 30 & July 1
2008 June 13 & June 15
Earliest, late onset dates for Punjab, Haryana, UT
Earliest onset June13, 2008
Late onset July16, 1991