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From Delhi to Mumbai, rain lashes parts of India in respite from sweltering heat; 24 flights diverted

Downpour began in parts of the national capital in the evening after dust-laden winds swept the city, even as the maximum temperature settled at notch above normal.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 02, 2018 23:30 IST ]
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Heavy rain lashed parts of India, including national capital Delhi and Mumbai Monday late evening, providing much-needed respite to people from sweltering heat across the country.
Downpour began in parts of the national capital in the evening after dust-laden winds swept the city, even as the maximum temperature settled at notch above normal. 

"The maximum temperature was recorded at 37.8 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal while the minimum temperature settled at 29.9 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal," an MeT Department official said. 

Humidity levels oscillated between 77 per cent and 49 per cent. While the day was sunny and sultry, rains lashed a few areas around 8 pm. The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy sky for Tuesday morning with possibility of rain in some areas towards the evening.

At least 24 Delhi-bound flights were diverted to other destinations due to rains in the city. Most of the diversions took place between 8.45 and 9.45 pm. They included five Air India flights, besides flights of other private carriers, sources in the Delhi airport said. Jet Airways in a tweet informed that delay in departure and arrival of planes could range up to 30 minutes. 

 

Other regions including Mumbai, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh also received rainfall today. 

Shimla in Himachal Pradesh recorded 98 mm of rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm. Several other parts of the state witnessed moderate to heavy rains. Una recorded the highest maximum temperature of 36.2 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has predicted widespread rainfall in the state during the next 36 hours. 

Scattered rainfall is expected on July 4, state Met Dept said, adding that rains are very likely at isolated places in the state on July 5 and 6. 

Uttar Pradesh too experienced light to moderate rain and thundershowers at a few places in east Uttar Pradesh while isolated places witnessed downpour in the last 24 hours. 

Kakardaria ghat recorded rainfall of 25 cm followed by Nighason 24 cm and Bhinga 23 cm. Katerniaghat and Dhaurohra recorded 15 cm each, Shajahanpur 14 cm, Pallia Kalan 12 cm, Sarda Nagar 10 cm, Birdghat 9 cm, Puranpur 8 cm, Maharajganj, Chandradupghat, Bansi 7 cm each, Balrampur, Gorakhur Kakarahi and Kheri 6 cm each.

Allahabad and Najibabad sizzled at 37.6 degrees Celsius. 

The Met office has forecast rain or thundershower at most places in eastern part of the state on Tuesday.

IMD predicts more rains in large parts of India this week

In its latest weather update, the India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in large parts of India, including several places in Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Gujarat, over the next few days till Friday. 

According to the IMD, heavy to very heavy rains at a few places, with extremely heavy rains at isolated places, are very likely over Uttarakhand and east Uttar Pradesh.

For Tuesday, the IMD said heavy to very heavy rains, with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places, are likely over Assam and Meghalaya.

Heavy to very heavy rain is also expected for Tuesday at isolated places over east Uttar Pradesh,sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and Bihar.

Heavy rains at isolated places are expected on Tuesday over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, north Haryana, Chandigarh,west Uttar Pradesh,Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh,Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura,Konkan and Goa, Rayalaseema, coastal Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it said.

The IMD, in its warning for Wednesday, said heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at isolatedplaces over Assam and Meghalaya and Konkan and Goa.

It said heavy rains are also expected on Wednesday at isolated places over Sub Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Gujarat region, central Maharashtra and coastal Karnataka.

For Thursday, it predicted that heavy to very heavy rain is likely at isolated places over Konkan and Goa, and coastal Karnataka.

Heavy rains are also expected on Thursday at isolated places over Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam and Meghalaya, Gujarat region, central Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh, interior Karnataka and Kerala.

On Friday, heavy to very heavy rain is likely at isolated places over Odisha, Konkan and Goa,and coastal Karnataka.

Heavy rains are also expected at isolated places over Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Gangetic West Bengal, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Gujarat region, central Maharashtra, Marathawada, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, interior Karnataka and Kerala on Friday.

The four-month monsoon season normally begins from June 1 and ends on September 30.

The India Meteorological Department on June 29 said that the monsoon has covered the entire country, 17 days ahead of its normal onset date.

The monsoon reached Sriganganagar, its last outpost in the country located in west Rajasthan. Its normal date to reach Sriganganagar was July 15.

This year, monsoon touched Kerala on May 29 , three days ahead of its normal onset date of June 1. It battered the western coast in the first half of June. It reached Delhi on June 28. 

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