There might be some relief in store for the residents of the Tricity who are suffering from scorching heat. The Meteorological Department has predicted that pre-monsoon showers will hit the city after June 12. The conditions are also favourable for early onset of monsoons.
Officials of the Meteorological Department say that interpretation of the different weather models and the latest weather conditions indicate that pre-monsoon showers would be experienced in the region Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh between June 13 and June 20. This would lead to a decrease in day temperature.
The normal date of monsoons hitting the city is June 29. It is expected that under the present conditions,the monsoons might hit the city a few days in advance. Southwest monsoon hit the coast of Kerala this year on June 1 and advanced further into Gujarat,parts of Madhya Pradesh,Orissa and West Bengal by June 10. As per the Met officials,the advance of monsoon has been satisfactory. It is likely to advance further into the remaining parts of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar by June 12.
The monsoons had been delayed last year by around a week and had hit the region on July 7. This year so far,the city residents have experienced a hot and humid summer. Apart from the high maximum temperatures,the minimum temperature has also been high giving no relief to the residents even at night. The minimum temperature had touched 31 degrees on Sunday. On Monday,it was recorded as 29.8 degrees,five degrees above normal. The relative humidity is now down to 70 per cent.
The Met Department has predicted partly cloudy sky for Tuesday with the possibility of light rain. A slight increase in the temperature is expected. Last week,a thunderstorm was experienced in the city that caused disruption in electricity supply as well as intense waterlogging.
In the month of June this year,Chandigarh experienced 25.1 mm rainfall while the normal rainfall during this period is 19.7 mm. In Panchkula,6.3 mm rainfall was experienced against the normal rainfall of 17.3 mm. Mohali received 35 mm rainfall against normal rainfall of 6.3 mm. In most of the region,dry conditions have prevailed with the rain in the 10 days in June being below normal.