Mon­soon to ar­rive on June 25: IMD

EARLY ON­SET THIS YEAR Nearly 33mm rain recorded as Chandigarh re­ceives its first pre­mon­soon show­ers in early hours

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCHANDIGA­RH - Ra­jan­bir Singh ra­jan­bir.singh@htlive.com

CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh wit­nessed its first pre­mon­soon show­ers of the sea­son, with 32.9mm rain recorded in the early hours of Sun­day, while mon­soon is likely to ar­rive around June 25, ac­cord­ing to the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment (IMD).

“Due to pre­vail­ing pres­sure con­di­tions in the coun­try, the mon­soon sys­tem has ac­cel­er­ated, and pre­mon­soon winds have al­ready reached the city,” said IMD’s re­gional di­rec­tor Suren­der Paul. “Mon­soon is likely to en­ter the city around June 25, five days ear­lier than the nor­mal date of June 30.”

It was last in 2015 that mon­soon had ar­rived this early in Chandigarh. In 2019, the on­set was wit­nessed on July 5.

Paul said mon­soon is de­clared when con­tin­u­ous rain is re­ceived over 50% of the re­gion for two days. Usu­ally pre­mon­soon starts three days be­fore the on­set of mon­soon, he said.

“Early on­set of mon­soon is a good sign for the re­gion, as higher rains can be ex­pected dur­ing the sea­son. When mon­soon starts late, the over­all rain­fall is mostly be­low nor­mal. The La Nina cur­rent is also ex­pected to boost mon­soon rains dur­ing the later part of the sea­son,” he said.

As per the long-range fore­cast re­leased by the IMD, the re­gion is ex­pected to re­ceive around 107% of the nor­mal rain dur­ing the mon­soon (from June to Septem­ber). The nor­mal rain for Chandigarh for this pe­riod is 845.7mm.

JUNE IS AL­READY WETTEST SINCE 2013

Af­ter the Sun­day show­ers, Chandigarh has recorded 135mm rain till June 21, al­ready the high­est for this month since 2013, when 275.1mm rain was recorded, ac­cord­ing to the IMD data.

“This month due to a num­ber of west­ern dis­tur­bances and their in­ter­ac­tion with low-level mois­ture-laden north­east­erly winds, there was higher than nor­mal rain­fall in the city. More rain is ex­pected with mon­soons set to start around June 25,” he said.

How­ever, even as pre­mon­soon show­ers were wit­nessed on

Sun­day, Mon­day and Tues­day are ex­pected to stay on the drier side, ac­cord­ing to IMD of­fi­cials. “Only light rain up to 20mm is ex­pected on Mon­day and Tues­day. How­ever, mod­er­ate rain up to 40mm can be ex­pected from Wed­nes­day on­wards,” said the weath­er­man.

Max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture can also go up on Mon­day, but cloudy weather is likely to drop the mer­cury again from Tues­day.

Max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture fell from 36.8°C on Satur­day to 33.7°C on Sun­day, four de­grees be­low nor­mal ow­ing to rain in the early hours and so­lar eclipse in the af­ter­noon. Min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture went down from 29.1°C to 22.8°C, two de­grees be­low nor­mal. In the next three days, max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture will re­main be­tween 34 and 36 de­grees while min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture will re­main be­tween 23 and 25 de­grees.

WEL­COME: A girl per­form­ing an asana on the In­ter­na­tional Day of Yoga at Sukhna Lake, as weather took a pleas­ant turn af­ter overnight rain in Chandigarh on Sun­day. KE­SHAV SINGH/HT

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