Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Southwest monsoon rains have covered half of India two days ahead of the usual date and was expected to hit Delhi on June 23, a week ahead of its normal onset on June 29.
Northern India was cloudy and drenched by showers in many places on Thursday as rains arrived in Rajasthan five days before it was due, bringing about a sharp decline in temperatures.
Heavy rainfall and inclement weather was reported in several parts of the region where a farmer was killed in Himachal Pradesh by a lightning bolt in Mandi district.
In Delhi, scattered showers and overcast conditions meant it was a pleasant day for residents with the maximum temperature dropping seven notches from yesterday to settle at 32.8 degrees.
The monsoon arrived on schedule on the Kerala coast on June 1, and then spread inland faster than usual. Rainfall from June 1 to 12 was 23 percent above average, triggering early planting for a host of summer crops, including rice, oilseeds and cotton, in many parts of the country.
Seven southern and western states, including Maharashtra, that which were hit by drought last year need plentiful and timely rain to assist a recovery and appear to have received ample downpours early.
The weatherman has predicted a decent spell of rain over the next couple of days which is expected to keep the mercury below normal levels.
With agency inputs