With unusual cloudy skies in the past few days,the city is under the spell of the longest monsoon recorded in the past 33 years. Hitting the city on June 26,the ongoing monsoon has completed 118 days here and most parts of Haryana,the longest period since 1980 as recorded by the Met Department.
The Chandigarh Meterological Centre has records only since 1980 as compared to Delhis Meterological Centre which maintains records since 1956. The Chandigarh Met Departments records reveal that it is only after 2007 that the monsoon has entered the month of October whereas it normally retrieves by the third week of September. In 2007,monsoon in Chandigarh and Haryana lasted till October 2,the first time in our records since 1980,and this is for the second time since then that the city has hosted the monsoon in October, said SK Koul,assistant Meterologist at the centre.
In 2007,monsoon had covered the region by July 4 and the season prevailed for 87 days. This years monsoon is the most delayed as it entered the city on June 26 and has completed 118 days since. This is the longest monsoon for Chandigarh and major parts of Haryana till now from 1980. Monsoon is expected to leave the city in the coming four to five days, said Surendra Paul,director,Chandigarh Meteorological Centre.
Monsoons in certain parts of Fatehabad district,Jind,Hissar and Sirsa and in Punjab withdrew on September 19. However,monsoon for Chandigarh is counted with Haryana for meterological reasons. Chandigarh falls on the boundary of the region where monsoon withdrew and parts where the monsoon is still to withdraw on the weather map.
Rainfall in the month of October has been recorded at 29.1 mm taking the total rainfall from June up to 877.1 mm. On Saturday the city recorded a 1.9 mm rainfall while there was 3 celsius dip in the maximum temperature with the mercury at 28.90C.
However,the ongoing monsoon should not dampen the festive spirit. Kaul added,the weather is expected to stay dry on Sunday and the following days.