finally monsoon arrives in Delhi
Just over a week late but the monsoon finally arrived in Delhi amid much cheer. Pre-monsoon showers that started on Friday evening continued into Saturday, marking the arrival of the much-awaited season. Rainfall recorded for 24 hours at 8.30am on Saturday indicated that the city had received a total of 40.1mm rainfall. Till evening this had gone up by just 0.3mm though several areas reported light to moderate rain all through the morning and afternoon.
In keeping with the monsoon spirit, the weekend also started off on a cool note, recording a minimum temperature of 23.3 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal while the maximum went up to just 30.3 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal. Thanks to the almost continuous rain since the previous day, the maximum temperature plummeted by eight degrees since Friday.
"The pre-monsoon showers were expected earlier in the week, but finally arrived on Friday. The monsoon, followed a day later. The rains experienced over Delhi and neighbouring areas on Friday and Saturday were due to two factors. The monsoon trough oscillation from north to south finally took place," said a Met official. "Secondly, there were two circulations, one over Uttar Pradesh and another over Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. Moisture was coming in from both the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. This resulted in a very good spell of rain all the way from east India to Punjab in north," he said.