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As rain plays truant, Mumbaikars battle sultry weather

After witnessing heavy rainfall on June 9, the city has remained considerably dry. As per India Meteorological Department (IMD) prediction, “one or two spells of rain/thundershowers in the city and suburbs (are likely) for the next two days”.

Earlier on Sunday, the Met department downgraded its “heavy to very rainfall” warning for Mumbai and suburbs. The Colaba and Santacruz observatories of IMD respectively recorded 0.4 mm rainfall and “trace” (drizzling that cannot be measured and only can be felt or traced) from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Monday.

The maximum temperatures recorded by Colaba and Santa Cruz observatories today were 33 degree Celsius and 33.1 degree Celsius, respectively, as per IMD. The relative humidity level also remained high with both the observatories recording 88 per cent and 77 per cent humidity, respectively.

The southwest monsoon officially arrived in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on June 9. During the first rainfall of the season, suburban train services were disrupted due to water-logging on the tracks. The rain also delayed take-off and landing of flights at the city airport.

Two people were killed in rain-related incidents. As per Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, catchment areas of seven reservoirs that supply water to the city are dry. “The catchment areas have remained quite dry so far, so there is no question of reservoirs getting filled. We have sufficient stock of water till July,” said an official of the hydraulic department of the BMC. 

Hot and humid day in Delhi

Hot conditions prevailed in the national capital on the first working day of the week on Monday with the maximum temperature settling at 41 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 29.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average.

Humidity oscillated between 70 and 27 per cent, said a MeT department official. The weatherman has predicted mainly clear skies for tomorrow. The maximum and minimum temperatures likely to hover around 42 and 30 degrees Celsius. On Sunday, the minimum temperature settled at 23.4 degrees Celsius whereas the maximum rose to 38.4 degrees Celsius. 

Severe heat conditions prevail in Punjab, Haryana

Most parts of Punjab and Haryana experienced severe heat today with Hisar being the hottest in the region with a maximum temperature of 42.4 degrees Celsius, officials said.

The mercury hovered between one to two notches above normal in most parts of the two states, the MeT office said here. Narnaul settled at a high of 42 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal, while the maximum temperature at Bhiwani was 41.4 degrees Celsius.

Amritsar had a high of 40.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal followed by 40.5 degrees Celsius at Patiala, also two notches above normal, 39.6 degrees Celsius at Ludhiana, one notch above normal, 39.5 degrees Celsius at Ambala, one notch above normal, 39 degrees Celsius at Karnal and 38.7 degrees at Chandigarh. The MeT forecast dry weather in the region with possibility of thundershowers at isolated places during the next 48 hours. 

Monsoon reaches some parts of Gangetic West Bengal

Monsoon reached some parts of Gangetic West Bengal, including the metropolis, on Monday and is expected to cover some more parts of Odisha and remaining parts of northwest Bay of Bengal within next two days, the Met department said.

The Southwest Monsoon is likely to reach some parts of West Bengal and Sikkim by Wednesday, the weatherman said. Rain or thundershower is likely at many places in Gangetic West Bengal with heavy rain at isolated places in some places, the Met department said.

No further advance of Monsoon is likely during next one week thereafter due to probable weakening of monsoon flow, the Met said. The well-marked low pressure area over Tripura and neighbourhood lay as a low pressure area over the same region in the afternoon on Monday.

Several places in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal is also expected to receive moderate to heavy rainfall during the next two to three days along with the coastal districts of the state, the weatherman said in its forecast. Port Canning in the coastal South 24 Parganas district recorded the highest rainfall of 44.6 mm in 24 hours till 8.30 am today. The metropolis recorded 7.4 mm rainfall during the same period, the Met said.

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