Monsoon may hit Delhi by July 6, says Met
On June 27, Delhi recorded over 70 mm rainfall, which was termed as pre-monsoon showers.india Updated: Jul 03, 2006 14:29 IST
It's on time, it's late by a few days, it's delayed indefinitely... for Delhiites obsessed about the monsoons, the Met Department that has been putting out so many confused signals, has some good news - rains might finally hit on Thursday.
"The June 29 deadline has passed but that does not mean our prediction is wrong. When we talk about a date regarding monsoon, it should be considered as plus seven days," Indian Meteorological Department Director RD Singh said.
"We hope the monsoon will hit Delhi within the next 72 hours (Thursday evening)," Singh said, criticising the media for its reports on IMD predictions.
According to the Met Department, Delhiites can take heart because the monsoon has already entered some parts of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.
On June 27, Delhi recorded over 70 mm rainfall, which was termed as pre-monsoon showers.
But residents of the capital are still wary about believing the weatherman.
"It's already July and there is no sign of rain. The weather is becoming unbearable these days. Mumbai has been receiving rain for quite some time, but we fail to understand why it's eluding Delhi," said Atish Singh, a resident.
"It's already five days past the IMD deadline. Why can't they give a fair assessment of the weather condition," Singh added irritably.
The southwest monsoon set over Kerala on May 26 and advanced rapidly along the west coast to reach Mumbai on May 31, 10 days ahead of the normal date for the city.