New Delhi: Delhi on Sunday had its date with
South-West Monsoon, three days ahead of its normal onset in
the city bringing cheers to citizens reeling under severe hot
and humid conditions.
"The South-West Monsoon has hit the capital three days
ahead of its normal arrival," BP Yadav, Director of MeT
Department, said to a news agency.
Today, the rains started around 5 am and the rain
guages measured 72 mm of showers in Narela weather station, 52
mm in Peetampura, 25 mm in PUSA area, 8 mm in Najafgarh, 2.4
mm in Safdurjung and 2 mm in Delhi University.
The measurement of rain in Palam weather station was
1.7 mm while the same was 1.4 mm in Lodhi colony station, one
mm in each in Akshardhan and Yamuna Sports Complex stations.
The showers brought down the minimum temperature to
25.9 degree Celsius, two degrees below normal and down from
yesterday`s 30 degrees.
Last year, the monsoon had a late arrival in the
capital. The seasonal rains started only on July five last
year after a delay of a week.
The earliest onset of monsoon over Delhi during the
past 30 years was on June 15, 2008 and while the most delayed
onset was on July 26, 1987.
In 2010, Delhi had recorded 772.3 mm of rains compared
to normal rains of 645.7 mm. However, in 2009 the city
received deficient rains.
The official said north-west India, which includes
Delhi, is likely to get around 97 percent of the average
In the National Capital Region, the heaviest rainfall
was received in Hindon which recorded 52 mm of rains, followed
by 38 mm in Meerut, 37 mm in Indrapuram, Rohtak 33 mm,
Sonepat 20 mm, Mungespur 15 mm, Noida 13 mm, Gurgaon 10 mm and
Jhajjar 8 mm.