New Delhi: In what appears to be further
bad news for Delhi`s preparations for the Commonwealth Games,
the MeT Department has said that heavy rains are likely to
continue in northern India, including in the capital, for some
In its weekly forecast, it said the western end of the
monsoon is likely to oscillate north-south of its normal
position leading to fairly widespread rainfall with heavy
falls over Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh,
Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi during the half of the week.
The rains are likely to decrease thereafter in these
regions, the Weather Office said.
The withdrawal of the southwest monsoon normally
starts from western parts of Rajasthan around September one.
"However, in view of north-south oscillation of
monsoon trough and continuation easterly flow over northwest
India, the withdrawal of monsoon is not expected to commence
till middle of September," the weather agency has predicted.
The city has so far received 792.4 mm of rains
since July five when the monsoon hit the capital. This is an
excess of over 120 mm of rains so far.
This month alone, the city rain gauges has measured
over 80 mm of rains.
The authorities have blamed the rains for
non-completion and extension of deadlines of Games-related
projects, which were already running behind schedule.