The much-awaited monsoon finally arrived in the City Beautiful and nearby areas on Saturday, and with a bang. The downpour was pegged at 118.5mm.
The two-hour rain resulted in a sharp drop in maximum temperature in the city, recorded at 31.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday, 3 degrees below normal. The minimum was 22.2 degrees, 2 degrees below normal.
Surender Paul, director of regional meteorological centre in Chandigarh, said the region would receive moderate to heavy rainfall in the next one week and the temperatures could drop a little more.
Confusion on arrival of monsoon
While the regional meteorological centre in Chandigarh has announced that the monsoon arrived on Friday, the Doppler radar centre in Patiala termed Friday's rain as pre-monsoon showers. "The monsoon advanced suddenly on Friday evening and the radar could not locate the activity," said Met centre director Surender Paul.
However, JR Prasad, the chief scientist at the only Doppler radar in the region, said, "Monsoons are declared after a certain amount of rainfall is recorded. On Friday, there was only 22.7mm rain in the city, and the Doppler recorded all the cloud movements. The rain on Saturday was 118.5mm, which is the right indicator of the arrival of monsoon."