Mercury dips as monsoon arrives in Delhi (Second Lead)

June 26th, 2011 - 10:35 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Bringing relief after days of sweltering heat and humidity, the monsoon arrived in Delhi Sunday - three days before it was expected, sending the maximum temperature plummeting.

The maximum temperature was 30 degree Celsius, seven degrees below the average, while the minimum was two notches below average at 25.9 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The IMD announced the arrival of monsoon in Delhi Sunday, three days ahead of its normal schedule of June 29. Rains lashed the national capital early morning, with a total of 8.8 mm rain recorded.

Last year, the monsoon arrived in the capital a week late on July 5. But the capital recorded 772.3 mm of rainfall as compared to the average rains of 645.7 mm.

The earliest onset of monsoon in Delhi in past 30 years was recorded in 2008 when it arrived June 15 and the most delayed was in 1987 - July 26.

Similar weather conditions are expected on Monday with the IMD forecasting a cloudy day with possibility of rain.

“The sky will remain cloudy with possibility of rain. One or two spells may be heavy,” an IMD official said.

The maximum temperature has been forecast to be around 31 degree Celsius, while minimum has been pegged around 26 degree Celsius.

The IMD has forecast around 97 percent of average monsoon rains for the northern plains.

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