Pre-monsoon showers on Sunday lashed many areas in Delhi, Uttarkhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, bringing much needed relief to their residents reeling under heat wave conditions intensified by the delayed monsoon.
In the national capital, the city-dwellers, facing sweltering heat with maximum temperature hovering around 44 degrees and massive power cuts coupled with water shortage, came out of their houses to enjoy the rains which brought down the mercury by almost 10 degrees.
The Meteorological Department, however, said the showers were not monsoon rains. The Southwest Monsoon, which touched Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa yesterday, is running behind schedule and is expected to cover parts of Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim in the next three to four days.
In Uttar Pradesh, two persons were killed in Ballia due to lightning as light to moderate rainfall was experienced in many parts including capital Lucknow, where the maximum temperature was 35.6 degree Celsius, two notches below normal.
While Gorkahpur witnessed 6 mm rainfall, Bahraich and Sultanpur had 2 and 1.6 mm rainfall respectively, they said.
Scattered rains in Himachal also brought down the mercury. While Sundernagar experienced 3 mm of rain, it was 6.8 mm in Dharamsala and 6 mm in Mandi, the Met office said.
Ending a long dry spell in Bihar, where the monsoon was due for June 11, moderate to heavy showers occurred in several areas including capital Patna, which received 8mm to 12mm rainfall, Gaya and Bahagalpur.