Pre-monsoon rainfall today lashed parts of northern India, bringing relief to wide swathes of the region even as weather officials in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh said that conditions appeared favourable for the advancement of monsoon in these states.
Thundershowers in Delhi brought respite from the hot and humid conditions and gave the city a taste of the onset of the rainy season although the MeT department said it would need to study data before declaring the arrival of monsoon in the national capital.
As the city received 4mm rainfall between 8:30 A.M. and 5:30 P.M., the weatherman said "the winds were no doubt like monsoon ones and they were also flowing from the Bay of Bengal".
But BP Yadav, the IMD Director, said, "We will take data from our weather stations in western Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan and study the rainfall and wind patterns before declaring the arrival of monsoon (in Delhi)."
The rain pulled the mercury down with the day temperature today recorded at 36.6 degrees Celsius, which is normal for this time of the year. The minimum was at 25.5 degrees or two notches below normal. Humidity in air fluctuated between 60 and 85 per cent.
Punjab and Haryana, too, received rainfall which brought temperatures down with conditions appearing "favourable" for the advancement of monsoon in the twin agrarian states.
Moderate to heavy rainfall hit Ambala, Patiala and the Union Territory of Chandigarh this morning.
"Monsoon has entered some parts of Punjab and Haryana and the conditions for its advancement are favourable," said Chandigarh MeT Director Surinder Pal.
Chandigarh received 58.8mm rainfall while Ambala in Haryana got showers measuring 43.1mm.
The showers inundated some low-lying areas in the twin states with several city roads waterlogged in Chandigarh.
Pre-monsoon rainfall also occurred in Rajasthan where Kajuwala recorded rainfall of 40mm in the last 24 hours. Bikaner, Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh districts got 10-30mm rain. Monsoon is expected to hit the state by July 6 or 7.