The monsoon has finally rolled into Delhi, bringing the first spell of rain on Thursday, bringing the capital’s temperature to the lowest in four months at 29.4° C. The India Meteorological Department has issued an ‘orange alert’ and warned of moderate rainfall over the next few days. It has issued a ‘yellow alert’ for light rain over the next six days.
IMD reported that the southwest monsoon advanced into Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and parts of Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan on Thursday. The southwest monsoon usually arrives in Delhi on June 27 and covers the entire country by July 8.
The IMD has predicted that Mumbai is to be lashed by heavy rain on Friday and Saturday along with issuing a ‘yellow alert’ at a few places. The agency has forecast moderate-to-heavy rain with occasional intense spells in isolated parts of the city for 24 hours from Friday. The rains affected the movement of local trains between Kurla and Patel, due to waterlogging.
In other parts of the country, Rajasthan is set to receive rain for the next few days. Heavy rain is also likely in some places, while some places in Bharatpur, Jaipur, Kota, Udaipur, and Ajmer divisions could get very heavy rain.
Day-to-day activities in parts of Chandigarh were interrupted due to a three-hour spell of rain on Tuesday. The city received 72.9 mm of rainfall during the day. The city civic body helpline received over a hundred complaints related to waterlogging, while traffic was paralysed on almost all main roads.