Pre-monsoon showers lash northern states, mercury slides

Pre-monsoon showers lash northern states, mercury slides
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First Published: Sun, Jun 28 2009. 07 14 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Jun 28 2009. 07 14 PM IST
New Delhi: Pre-monsoon showers on Sunday lashed many areas in Delhi, Uttarkhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, bringing much needed relief to their residents reeling under heat wave conditions intensified by the delayed monsoon.
In the national capital, the city-dwellers, facing sweltering heat with maximum temperature hovering around 44 degrees and massive power cuts coupled with water shortage, came out of their houses to enjoy the rains which brought down the mercury by almost 10 degrees.
The meteorological department, however, said the showers were not monsoon rains. The southwest monsoon, which touched Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Orissa on Saturday, is running behind schedule and is expected to cover parts of Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim in the next three to four days.
In Uttar Pradesh, two persons were killed in Ballia due to lightning as light to moderate rainfall was experienced in many parts including capital Lucknow, where the maximum temperature was 35.6 degree Celsius, two notches below normal.
While Gorkahpur witnessed 6 mm rainfall, Bahraich and Sultanpur had 2 and 1.6 mm rainfall respectively, they said.
Scattered rains in Himachal also brought down the mercury. While Sundernagar experienced 3 mm of rain, it was 6.8 mm in Dharamsala and 6 mm in Mandi, the Met office said.
Ending a long dry spell in Bihar, where the monsoon was due for 11 June, moderate to heavy showers occurred in several areas including capital Patna, which received 8mm to 12mm rainfall, Gaya and Bahagalpur.
Though heat wave conditions abated due to rainfall in Rajasthan but high humidity levels caused a lot of discomfort as sun come out by mid-day in Jaipur, Bharatpur, Ajmer, Chittorgarh and Jodhpur districts.
Chittorgarh recorded a maximum rainfall of 22 mm followed by Sawaimadhopur 20, Jaipur 13.1, Bharatpur, Ajmer, and Jodhpur within a range of 0.5 mm to 3 mm till 8.30am.
In Uttarakahnd, rains lashed Dehradun and several other parts of the state including Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts in Garhwal region.
Monsoon is expected to reach Rajasthan by 30 June. Delhi will miss its date with the monsoon on Monday, the normal onset day for the annual rains in the city.
While some light rains were experienced in the NCR region, Punjab and Haryana, continued to suffer under heat wave conditions, with the meteorological department predicting some relief only by Tuesday.
With more discharge in the rivers, an increase in power generation is expected. The rains also auger well for agriculture as paddy crops were suffering due to delayed monsoon.
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First Published: Sun, Jun 28 2009. 07 14 PM IST