Monsoon clouds reach Delhi, onset to be declared Thursday: IMD

New Delhi, Jun 24 (PTI) The national capital recorded light rains on Wednesday as the monsoon reached the doorstep of the city.

The precipitation brought the mercury down. However, the humidity levels shot up to 100 percent due to the rains, causing inconvenience to the residents.

The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, recorded 14.6 mm rainfall and a maximum of 34.6 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal.

'Monsoon clouds are at the doorstep of Delhi. A few places witnessed rains. As predicted, the onset of the monsoon in the city will be declared on Thursday,' IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said.

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the regional forecasting centre of the India Meteorological Department, said monsoon clouds led to rains in parts of Delhi on Wednesday. However, the onset will be declared on Thursday only.

Rainfall data from all weather stations for the last 24 hours ending 8.30 am is required to declare the onset of monsoon, he said.

The Met department also predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places in the national capital on Thursday.

Normally, the wind system reaches Delhi on June 27.

According to weather experts, the earlier than usual arrival of the monsoon in Delhi can be attributed to a cyclonic circulation which moved towards southwest Uttar Pradesh on June 19 and June 20, helping monsoon advance further.

With rains expected over the next three days, the mercury is likely to hover around 36 degrees Celsius in the city. PTI GVS PR AQS AQS