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Chandigarh: Still two weeks to go, but it’s already wettest June in 5 years

According to the Indian meteorological department’s local centre, monsoon is expected to arrive around June 30.

punjab Updated: Jun 18, 2018 11:43 IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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A family enjoying the pleasant weather at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh. (Keshav Singh/HT)

Chandigarh received highest rainfall within 24 hours in the month of June in the past five years, with 66mm recorded between 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Before this, it was on June 14, 2013, that 92.4mm rain was recorded over a span of 24 hours.

According to the Indian meteorological department (IMD)’s definition of intensity of rain, this falls in the heavy category (64.5-124.4mm).

At 146.5mm, the monthly rain this June is already the highest in the past five years.

With more rain expected due to the ongoing system till Tuesday, followed by easterlies, pre-monsoon and monsoon by the month-end, the figure can cross 274.5mm recorded in June 2013.

Surender Paul, director of the IMD’s local centre, said monsoon is expected to arrive around June 30.

“Pre-monsoon showers are expected towards the end of this week or beginning of next week. Rainfall is also expected from the easterly winds. Also, the existing weather will persist till Tuesday,followed by more rain towards Thursday,” he said.

Meanwhile, maximum temperature climbed to 30.7°C, a jump of a notch as compared to Sunday’s 29.4°C. However, it remained seven degrees below normal.

The minimum temperature on Sunday night fell to 21.1°C, the lowest this June, as compared to 23.5°C the previous night.

However, even as more rain is on the cards, IMD officials have predicted a sharp rise in temperature. Mercury is expected to breach 35°C on Monday.

“But it will remain below normal if it rains in the afternoon,” said the weatherman.

First Published: Jun 18, 2018 11:43 IST