Monsoon showers continue in north, humid day in Delhi

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 29 2014, 14:11pm hrs
Monsoon showers continued to lash several parts of north India today as temperature hovered around normal levels in the region.

It was, however, a hot and humid Sunday in the national capital as rains eluded most parts of the city.

The minimum temperature in Delhi was 28.1 degree Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The maximum was 37.4 degree Celsius.

Humidity levels fluctuated between 79 and 51 per cent even as Palam area recorded 3.8 mm of rainfall.

Even though several areas in Himachal Pradesh including state capital Shimla experienced moderate to heavy rains, the rain deficit further increased from 36 to 37 per cent.

Pabbar River in Rohroo area was in spate and people living along the banks were asked to shift to safer places.

Kasauli was wettest in the state with 53 mm of rainfall while Mandi received 45 mm of rainfall, followed by Shimla, Kotkhai (37 mm), Rohru, Chelsea (33 mm), Annu (31 mm), Sainj(28 mm), Bijahi, Kumarsain (20 mm), Jubbarhatti, Chail (17 mm) and Manali (16 mm).

In Rajasthan, heavy rains lashed parts of Hadauti region with Kota receiving maximum rainfall of 11 cms last night.

Jaitaran received 9 cms rainfall, followed by Raipur (Pali) 7 cms, Ramgarh Shekhawati 6 cms, Pindwara, Jhalawar, Karoikalan, Bagore, Sardar Shahar 5 cms each, and one to four cms at many other places in the state.

Gangananagar was the hottest place recording a maximum temperature of 39.9 degrees Celsius .

Light to moderate rains also lashed various parts of Punjab and Haryana while maximum temperatures hovered above normal levels in both states.

In Haryana, Hisar received rainfall of 24 mm and its maximum settled at 37 degrees Celsius while Bhiwani was lashed by 6.4 mm of rains.

Narnaul's maximum dropped sharply to 29.5 degrees Celsius, down by five notches below normal, after receiving 11 mm rains.

In Punjab, Amritsar received 23 mm of rains while its maximum was 32.6 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala had high of 33.9 degrees Celsius and 35.6 degrees Celsius respectively.

Union Territory Chandigarh's maximum was 35.4 deg C, up by two degrees above normal.

Monsoon expected to be normal, no need to be alarmist: Jitendra Singh

Monsoon is expected to be normal in the coming weeks and there is no need to be 'alarmist', Union minister Jitendra Singh today said.

"The deficiency of monsoon in the first six weeks was 43 per cent. It has now gone down to 32 per cent. So, monsoon has increased by 11 per cent.

"In coming weeks, especially in central as well as northeast India, the forecast is that monsoon will be normal. We want to send a message to our countrymen that this is a good news and there is no need to become alarmist," Singh, the Minister of State for Earth Science, told reporters here.

In July, the country is likely to receive rainfall of 93 per cent of the Long Range Forecast (LPA), and "rainfall of 96 per cent of the LPA is expected in August," said Shailesh Nayak, Secretary in the Ministry of Earth Science (MoES).

Nayak, however, added that they would "also have to see the rainfall in the next few days of the month". The MeT department has already said that India would experience a deficient monsoon this year.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, 96-104 per cent of the LPA means normal rainfall whereas 90-96 makes for below normal monsoon showers. Monsoon rainfall was deficient in June, but has picked up in July.

"The rainfall looks good for the next three weeks till August 15. There is formation of a depression which will bring good rainfall," Nayak added.