After delay of 16 days the Southwest Monsoon finally reached the capital Tuesday making it the most-delayed in 19 years, according to the India Meteorological Department. In 2002, monsoon had covered Delhi on July 19. The rains brought relief form the hot and humid weather.
“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, 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.
The weather department had a tough time forecasting the advancement of monsoon over Delhi this year.
After several wayward forecasts, the IMD acknowledged Monday that “such type of failure by numerical models in the prediction of monsoon over the capital is rare and uncommon”.
The IMD had earlier said monsoon would hit Delhi on June 15, which would have been 12 days early, but the wind system entered a “break” phase.
In early June, the Met office said the conditions will become favourable for the monsoon to advance to Delhi and other parts of northwest India by July 7.
Later, it said Delhi will get its first monsoon rains around July 10.