Rain cools city, monsoon a couple of days away
Updated: Jul 01, 2016, 11:23 IST
NEW DELHI: Pre-monsoon showers lashed Delhi on Thursday evening, bringing cheer after a hot and humid day.
The actual monsoon showers, however, are expected only after a couple of days.
The maximum temperature on Thursday was recorded at 39.8 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal. The minimum was 30.6 degrees Celsius, also three degrees above normal.
The evening showers cooled the city and brought 5.6 mm of rain. The humidity oscillated between 79% and 45%.
The monsoons – a wind system – normally reach the city on June 29 each year. This year, it has been delayed.
“Conditions are becoming favourable for further advance of the southwest monsoon to some more parts of East Rajasthan, remaining parts of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and most parts of Punjab and Haryana, entire Chandigarh and Delhi and some parts of West Rajasthan during the next 2-3 days,” a statement issued by the India Meteorological Department said.
On Friday, the maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to be between 39 degrees and 29 degrees Celsius. A thunderstorm is expected in the evening.
The monsoon was slow in reaching Kerala, the first place in India that receives the rains, this year and was a week behind schedule. There are a few reasons to celebrate, though.
According to the long-range forecast, rain this monsoon season will be above the normal range. North- wester n India, which includes Delhi, are expected to get good rains after two years.