New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The long wait of the Delhiites came to an end on Wednesday as the Southeast Monsoon finally made its way to the national capital bringing relief from the scorching heatwave. The monsoon, this year, reached the national capital 16 days behind the usual onset making it the most delayed monsoon in the last 15 years. 

Visual posted by news agency ANI showed spell of rains drenching several areas in the national capital including Sardarjung, Connaught Place, areas near India Gate and parts of South Delhi. The arrival of the monsoon was confirmed by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). "The monsoon has arrived in Delhi," senior IMD scientist K Jenamani said today morning. 

Watch spell of rains after the arrival of Southwest Monsoon in Delhi:

Normally, the monsoon reaches Delhi by June 27. It covers the entire country by July 8. Last year, the wind system had reached Delhi on June 25 and covered the entire country by June 29. The weather department had a tough time forecasting the advancement of monsoon over Delhi this year.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the minimum temperature in the city today will be 25.0 degrees Celcius, while the maximum temperature is unlikely to go beyond 33.0 degrees Celcius. The IMD had earlier predicted thunderstorms with light to moderate intensity rain over South-West Delhi, South Delhi and parts of NCR and adjoining areas.

"Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain and winds with speed of 20-40 Km per hour would occur over and adjoining areas of few places of South-West Delhi, South Delhi, NCR (Gurugram, Manesar, Ballabhgarh), Rohtak, Meham, Jhajjar, Farukhnagar, Nuh, Sohana, Palwal in Haryana and Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh during next 2 hours," the IMD tweeted.

The weather department has had a tough time forecasting the advance of monsoon over Delhi this year. After several wayward forecasts, the IMD Monday acknowledged that "such type of failure by numerical models in the prediction of monsoon over the capital is rare and uncommon". The IMD had earlier said monsoon would hit Delhi on June 15, which would have been 12 days early, but the wind system entered a "break" phase.

In early June, the Met Office said the conditions will become favourable for the monsoon to advance to Delhi and other parts of northwest India by July 7. Later, it said Delhi will get its first monsoon rains around July 10. The weather department revised the forecast yet again on Saturday, saying the monsoon may reach the capital in the next 24 hours. But it kept the city waiting on Sunday and there was hardly any rainfall on Monday too.


(With Agency Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan