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Strong start: Monsoon brings season’s 1st heavy rain spell in Delhi

New Delhi, Jun 30 (PTI) The monsoon reached Delhi on Thursday yielding the season’s first spell of heavy rain which provided respite from the oppressive heat and covered the precipitation deficit but brought vehicular traffic in the capital to a screeching halt.  Most parts of the capital reported moderate to heavy rainfall.

The Safdarjung observatory, Delhi’s base station, recorded 110 mm of rainfall in just six hours starting at 8:30 am, which is also the maximum on a day in June in at least 14 years.

The capital had gauged 235.5mm of rainfall on June 18, 1936, which is an all-time record. On an average, Delhi logs 65.5 mm of rainfall in the month of June. The weather station at Lodhi Road gauged 102.2mm of precipitation during this period. Ridge got 62.4mm, Palam 31.4mm and Ayanagar 48.3 mm of rainfall.

Rainfall recorded below 15 mm is considered light, between 15 and 64.5 mm is moderate, between 64.5 mm and 115.5 mm is heavy, between 115.6 and 204.4 is very heavy. Anything above 204.4 mm is considered extremely heavy rainfall.

The India Meteorological Department said the southwest monsoon further advanced into Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmiri, some parts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan on June 30.

“The northern limit of monsoon now passes through Deesa, Ratlam, Tonk, Sikar, Rohtak, Pathankot,” it said.

The southwest monsoon usually arrives in the national capital on June 27 and covers the entire country by July 8.