Monsoon arrives in Delhi

People traverse through the first rains of the season
Monsoon has set in the national capital, two days after its scheduled time, bringing respite to Delhiites from searing heat and humidity.

The rains brought the maximum temperature down by seven notches below the season's average, which was recorded at 30.2 degrees.

"The southwest monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of West Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, most parts of Haryana, entire Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab and some parts of East Rajasthan," confirmed Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Safdarjung observatory, figure of which is considered the official for the city, recorded 23.6 mm rainfall till 8.30 AM while weather stations at Lodhi Road, Palam, Ridge and Ayanagar received 19.6 mm, 3.8 mm, 12 mm and 18.7 mm rainfall.

Between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM, Ridge recorded 0.2 mm rainfall while traces of rain were recorded in Ayanagar, said a MeT department official.

The maximum temperature settled at 30.2 degrees, seven notches below the season's average while the minimum temperature settled at 24.4 degrees, three notches below normal, the official said.

The humidity level oscillated between 97 and 74%.

The MeT has predicted overcast conditions along with possibility of rain for Sunday.

"The skies will be partly cloudy. There is likelihood of rain accompanied by thunderstorm for tomorrow.

"The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to settle at around 30 and 24 degrees," the weatherman said.

On Friday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 27.2 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature was pegged at 36 degrees.

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