Monsoon 2014: Another rainy day for Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and rest of North India

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 20 2014, 02:10am hrs
RainfallIn the national capital, temperatures remained at a comfortable level although humidity was on the higher side. (Photo: Reuters)
It was yet another wet day for most parts of North India which received moderate to heavy rainfall today much to the relief of farmers in the agrarian states who had been awaiting the monsoon.

In the national capital, temperatures remained at a comfortable level although humidity was on the higher side.

According to MeT department, the day temperature in Delhi settled at 33.6 degree Celsius which was normal for this part of the year. However, it was substantially up from yesterday's 29.9 degree Celsius.

Humidity levels during the day were recorded between 61 and 90 per cent which caused some discomfort.

A cloudy sky greeted Delhiites in the morning with the minimum temperature settling at a comfortable 25.4 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal and slightly up from the previous day's reading of 24.6 degree Celsius.

About 2.5 mm of rainfall has been recorded during the last 24 hours till 8.30 AM, a Met official said.

With the wet weather continuing in Uttarakhand and roads to Himalayan shrines blocked by debris from landslips at several points, the annual Chardham Yatra remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day.

The yatra had been suspended only till yesterday but later the administration issued an advisory to districts on the route not to resume the pilgrimage.

"We have kept the yatra to Gangotri and Yamunotri suspended for today complying with the administrative advisory in the light of MeT department warning. It may be resumed tomorrow but that too depends on weather in the higher reaches and the condition of roads which are blocked at several places at present," Uttarkashi DM Ravishankar said.

Punjab and Haryana, which received the first monsoon rains of the season yesterday, continued to receive moderate to heavy rainfall at most places.

The spell of rain brought cheers to farmers as it is good for the paddy crop which is widely grown in the two agrarian states besides improving the power and water situation.

The weather was similar in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan which received moderate to heavy rains at most places.

South-west monsoon remained normal in east UP and was active in the western part of the state. Dhampur received the highest rainfall at 22 cms, followed by Nagina 20 cms, Biswan, Allahabad 10 cms each, Purwa 9 cms, Mawana 8 cms, Ballia, Meerut 7 cms each, Nazibabad, Lucknow 6 cms each, Kanpur and Deoband 5 cms each, the Met officials said.

In Rajathan, maximum rainfall was recorded in Shahabad in Bara district at 12 cms, followed by Barmer district 10 cms. There were a number of places in the state where rainfall was below 9 cms.