Heavy rain lashed Delhi Sunday afternoon bringing relief from heat wave and oppressive humid conditions, signalling revival of the monsoon which has been worryingly patchy.
The Capital recorded 25.6 mm rain in an hour, bringing the mercury 13 notches down. At noon the city was sweating at 40.2° Celsius but at 5.30pm, the maximum temperature had dropped to 27°C.
“Delhi will not see heat-wave conditions anymore. The whole of next week is expected to see similar weather — a cloudy sky and rains,” a senior Indian meteorological department official said.
Neighbouring Noida and Ghaziabad, too, had rain relief as maximum temperature dropped to 28°C from 41.7°C and 40.1°C, respectively. Gurgaon, however, got only mild showers, recording a maximum temperature of 42.3°C and a minimum of 30.5°C.
Typically, monsoon covers most of India by second week of July. This year, however, the crucial summer rains not only arrived late but have also been below average, triggering fears of a drought.
A met department update said the monsoon was expected to advance into more areas of key central states such as Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh apart from Rajasthan, though the rain-bearing system remains weak.
The heat wave, unusual for this time of the year, had sent power demand soaring in Delhi. On Friday, it touched a new high of 5,810 MW but was 5,380 MW Sunday evening.
“The power situation has improved in east Delhi which witnessed power cuts on Saturday,” a discom official said.
Coming week will see a significant drop in the maximum temperature that hovered around 40°C for almost seven days. According to the met department, the maximum temperature on Monday will be around 38°C and drop all the way down to 32°C by Friday.
Many parts of the city reported waterlogging, with rain predicted in the coming days, a flood of complaints is expected.