Monsoon arrives in North India

Last Updated: Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 19:02

New Delhi: Monsoon Sunday advanced to parts
of North India bringing heavy rains which led to mercury
hovering below normal, giving respite to people from hot and
humid conditions.

After a delay of over a fortnight, the south-west monsoon
descended over parts of Rajasthan, Haryana and Chandigarh
while the seasonal phenomenon is expected to hit the national
capital in the next couple of days.

Temperature remained within normal levels as people
finally heaved a sigh of relief after experiencing scorching
heat this season with temperature clocking the high forties on
several occasions.

Gurgaon in Haryana recorded 160 mm rainfall while Nangal
Dam and its catchment areas received 47 mm of rains since last
evening. The downpour resulted in considerable drop in mercury
but the high humidity posed problems for the citizens.

Monsoon rains lashed Udaipur, Kota, Jhalawar and
Bharatpur in Rajasthan since last night. However, it is yet to
progress to north-west regions of Jodhpur, Barmer, Jaislamer,
Bikaner, Churu and Sikar where the hot conditions prevailed.

National capital Delhi too experienced rains which
brought down the temperature considerably. However, the MeT
Department termed them as `pre-monsoon showers` and said the
monsoon will hit the city in the next couple of days.

Palam recorded an overnight rainfall of 29.9 mm, followed
by Ayanagar 21.5 mm, Lodhi road 16.4 mm, Safdarjung 15.9 mm
and Ridge area 1.8 mm.

The night temperature in the city settled at comfortable
25.5 C against 30.5 degrees yesterday.

Heavy rains also lashed mid and lower areas of Himachal
Pradesh that led to fall in temperature. However the upper
areas were comparatively warmer.

Picturesque Shimla recorded 12 mm of rains as the maximum
plunged to 19 degrees. The state capital, however, remained
engulfed in thick fog that considerably reduced visibility,
hampering vehicular flow.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 19:02

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