Monsoon finally arrived in the national capital with parts of Delhi receiving heavy rain on Tuesday morning. The Southwest Monsoon finally reached the capital as many as 16 days behind the usual date of onset, making it the most-delayed in 19 years, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
In 2002, the monsoon had covered Delhi on July 19.
"The monsoon has arrived in Delhi," senior IMD scientist K Jenamani confirmed after a spell of rains drenched parts of South Delhi Tuesday morning.
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.
Meanwhile, rains bring relief to people from the ongoing spell of scorching heat.
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. Heavy rains were witnessed in New Delhi's Akbar Road area.
Heavy rains in the city also led to waterlogging on several road stretches including near the AIIMS flyover in south Delhi.
Public Works Department (PWD) officials said that only minor waterlogging complaints have been reported so far and efforts are being taken to remove water from such stretches.
“Our field staff is on the ground and we are closely observing the situation in connection with waterlogging. Such complaints will be dealt on priority,” a PWD official said.
Some of the stretches where waterlogging was seen include underneath the AIIMS flyover, Sangam Vihar, Kirari among others.
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.
Meanwhile, K Jenamani, a senior scientist at the IMD had informed that the weather conditions continue to remain favourable for the arrival of monsoon in the national capital.
"Monsoon has covered most parts of Rajasthan and some parts of Punjab. For Delhi, conditions continue to remain favourable and we are monitoring the situation. Monsoon is active in Peninsular India, parts of North India," said the senior scientist of IMD.