New Delhi: Bringing cheers to citizens of national capital reeling under severely hot and humid conditions, the South-West Monsoon hit Delhi three days ahead of its normal onset on Sunday.

"The South-West Monsoon has hit the capital three days ahead of its normal arrival," B P  Yadav, Director of MeT Department, said.

The rains started around 5 am and the rain guages measured 72 mm of showers in Narela weather station, 52 mm in Peetampura, 25 mm in PUSA area, 8 mm in Najafgarh and 2 mm each in Delhi University and Ridge area.

The measurement of rain in Palam weather station was 1.7 mm while the same was 1.4 mm in Lodhi colony station, one mm in each in Akshardhan and Yamuna Sports Complex stations.

The Safdurjung station recorded 2.4 mm of rains till 8:30 am and 8.8 mm till 5:30 pm on Sunday.

The showers brought down the minimum temperature to 25.9 degree Celsius, two degrees below normal and down from Saturday's 30 degrees, while the maximum was at 30 degree
Celsius, seven degrees below normal and down from 38 degrees.

Last year, the monsoon had a late arrival in the capital. The seasonal rains started only on July five last year after a delay of a week.

The earliest onset of monsoon over Delhi during the past 30 years was on June 15, 2008 and while the most delayed onset was on July 26, 1987.

In 2010, Delhi had recorded 772.3 mm of rains compared to normal rains of 645.7 mm. However, in 2009 the city received deficit rains.

The official said north-west India, which includes Delhi, is likely to get around 97 per cent of the average rains.

In the National Capital Region, the heaviest rainfall was received in Hindon which recorded 52 mm of rains, followed by 38 mm in Meerut, 37 mm in Indirapuram, Rohtak 33 mm, Sonepat 20 mm, Mungespur 15 mm, Noida 13 mm, Gurgaon 10 mm and Jhajjar 8 mm.

The humidity was recorded between67 and 95 per cent.

The Weatherman has predicted generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain and thundershowers. One or two spells in some areas may be heavy. The temperature is likely to be between 26 and 31 degree Celsius.

MCD sets up control room

In order to meet complaints about water-logging, fallen trees or dangerous buildings during the monsoon, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has set up a round-the-clock control room to address the issues.

The citizens can either contact the central control room in the MCD headquarters or the helplines in all the 12 Zonal offices, a senior MCD official said.

Any complaint regarding waterlogging, fallen trees, manhole covers, sanitation, repair of potholes, dangerous buildings and removal of dead animals will be addressed by the
helplines.

The Central Control room can be contacted through telephone lines 1266, 011-23212700, 011-23220010, 011-23220016 and 011-23220037.

Heavy rains lash north India


Even as Southwest Monsoon made its way into the national capital three days ahead of its
normal onset, heavy showers lashed most parts of north India.

A day after hitting some parts of the region, Southwest Monsoon descended over the entire Punjab and Haryana, bringing more rainfall and causing a drop in mercury level at many places.

Rain-hit Chandigarh rains recorded a maximum of 27.8 degree Celsius, down by nine notches, the MeT Dept said.

Ambala in Haryana recorded a high of 29.2 deg C, down eight degrees. Gurgaon's high settled at 36.5 deg C, while Narnaul recorded a maximum of 32 deg C, down seven notches.

The maximum at Amritsar in Punjab settled at 32 deg C, down by six degrees. Ludhiana had a pleasant day at 27.7 deg C maximum, down ten notches, while Patiala's high settled at 28.6 deg C, down by eight degrees.

In Rajasthan, Southwest Monsoon further advanced bringing moderate to heavy rainfall at many places in Jaipur, Kota and Bharatpur divisions, the local MeT office said. Meanwhile, Sriganganagar continued to remain the hottest place recording high of 40.7 deg C.

Southwest Monsoon arrived in Himachal Pradesh today with parts of Sirmaur and Mandi districts receiving heavy rainfall, causing sharp fall in maximum temperatures at many places.

The day temperatures remained around 30 deg C with state capital Shimla recording a high of 19.9 degrees, a fall of five degrees since yesterday and seven notches below normal.

Una in Shivalik foothills recorded a high of 28.2 deg C, down nine notches, while Bhuntar a recorded maximum of 27 degrees, followed by Sundernagar 25.8 degrees, Dharamsala 24.6 degrees, Nahan 24.3 degrees, Solan 23.6 degrees and Bhuntar 27 degrees, all four to seven degrees below normal, the MeT office said here.

Nahan was the wettest in the region with 154 mm of rains followed by Paonta 75 mm, Mandi 54.7 mm, Sundernagar 31.6 mm, Solan 13.6 mm, and Dharamsala 12.8 mm.

In Uttarakhand, moderate to heavy rains continued with Dehradun settling at a high of 27.7 deg C, down by five notches, after receiving 30.5 mm of overnight rains.

JPN/Agencies