New Delhi: Southwest Monsoon on Sunday made its way into the national capital three days ahead of its normal onset, bringing rains since early morning, even as heavy showers lashed most parts of north India.
Reeling under severe hot and humid conditions for the past few days, Delhiites cheered the early arrival of monsoon, which caused a sharp dip in mercury, with the maximum settling at 30 deg C, seven degrees below normal.
The city’s minimum temperature was recorded at 25.9 deg C, down two notches.
“The Southwest Monsoon has hit the capital three days ahead of its normal arrival,” B P Yadav, director of MeT Department, told PTI.
A day after hitting some parts of the region, Southwest Monsoon descended over the entire Punjab and Haryana, bringing more rainfall and causing a drop in mercury level at many places.
Rain-hit Chandigarh rains recorded a maximum of 27.8 degree Celsius, down by nine notches, the MeT Dept said.
Ambala in Haryana recorded a high of 29.2 deg C, down eight degrees.
Gurgaon’s high settled at 36.5 deg C, while Narnaul recorded a maximum of 32 deg C, down seven notches.
The maximum at Amritsar in Punjab settled at 32 deg C, down by six degrees.
Ludhiana had a pleasant day at 27.7 deg C maximum, down ten notches, while Patiala’s high settled at 28.6 deg C, down by eight degrees.
In Rajasthan, Southwest Monsoon further advanced bringing moderate to heavy rainfall at many places in Jaipur, Kota and Bharatpur divisions, the local MeT office said.
Meanwhile, Sriganganagar continued to remain the hottest place recording high of 40.7 deg C.