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Monsoon finally arrives in Delhi, more rain forecast this week

Despite the wettest June in a decade, the monsoon arrived two days late in Delhi. The Met office has forecast that rain will continue for the next two days before it gets lighter.

cities Updated: Jul 02, 2017 14:35 IST
Ritam Halder
Ritam Halder
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The monsoon officially hit New Delhi on Sunday , two days behind schedule. More rain is forecast over the next two days.(HT PHOTO)

Finally the monsoon has hit Delhi-NCR, the MeT department said on Sunday.

Even as the city had seen overcast conditions and rain in the past few days and record rainfall in a decade this June, it wasn’t monsoon. The official date for arrival of the monsoon in Delhi is June 29.

On Sunday morning, however, MeT officials declared that the monsoon has hit Delhi as “southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, remaining parts of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, entire National Capital region NCR (Delhi) and some parts of Haryana.”

Till 8.30 in the morning, 20.4 mm of rainfall was recorded while the minimum temperature was 26.4 degrees celsius.

According to a Met official, a western disturbance will ensure similar rain in Delhi for two more days at a stretch.

“The monsoon arrived in east UP yesterday. Today, it arrived in west UP and Delhi NCR. For the next two days, this rain will continue due to a western disturbance. After that, there are forecasts of light rain,” a MeT official told HT.

This year, monsoon in Delhi arrived a few days late. Sometimes the monsoon current is strong enough and advances on its own. But at times it needs some “push” or a “drag” to advance over the Indian landmass. Certain atmospheric conditions such as a cyclonic circulation, a low pressure or a depression in the sea provide this push.

Water logging was reported from many areas in south Delhi. However, being a Sunday with minimal vehicular movement compared to weekdays, not many traffic snarls were reported.

In June, New Delhi area (Safdarjung observatory) has received 191.9 mm of rain. It broke a 10-year-old record of 150.9 mm rain in June 2007. It never rained more than that over a decade. In June 2013, it received around 119.5 mm of rain. The wettest June Delhi has ever witnessed was in the year 1936 when the city received around 414.8 mm of rain.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 14:31 IST