Monsoon clouds inched closer to Delhi as a welcome relief of pre-monsoon showers drenched several parts of the city on Monday evening, driving away days of mugginess.
The wait for monsoon showers is about to be over as the Met department has tentatively set July 2, Thursday, as Delhi’s date with monsoon.
Monday’s showers, although a meager 1.1 mm, could not have come at a better time, with the city reeling under long outages spurred by soaring mercury.
Prior to the showers, the humidity level in the air had soared to around 72 per cent, making matters worse.
“Thursday could be the day for monsoon showers. The prolonged summer is almost over,” said a Met official at the India Met Department headquarters.
The mercury had touched a high of 40.4 degrees Celsius on Monday, three degrees over the normal mark. The scattered showers, distributed unevenly across East, North and Central Delhi, brought the mercury down by 10 degrees.
“It kept raining for half hour as we took shelter under a bus stand. This time we have prayed for monsoon like never before,” said Sangita Basu (29), a travel agent in Connaught Place.
Tuesday is going to be a cool 38 degrees Celsius, the Met department has said while predicting similar spells of scattered showers.