CHANDIGARH RECEIVED the highest rainfall in the past three years during the monsoon season which concluded at the end of September this year, according to the official data. The city in the four months of the monsoon received a rainfall of 752.8 mm, which is just 11 per cent short of the normal monsoon rainfall in the city. There are average 49 rainy days in the city from June to September in the monsoon season. The director of the local weather department, Surender Paul, told Chandigarh Newsline the city received a major amount of rainfall which crossed the record of past three years. “The rainfall this season was more localised and its intensity was also high,” said Paul.
The variability factor in the rainfall because of the climate change results in varied and scattered rainfall, according to the weather department officials. The same phenomenon was also witnessed in the monsoon season this year. According to the official data, Chandigarh had received 841.7 mm rainfall in 2013 and in the following years till this year’s monsoon, the rainfall had never crossed the 700 mark.
The city had received 635.8 mm rainfall in the city in 2014 and in 2015 the rain had seen a little decline with the weather department recording the quantity at 572.8 mm. The monsoon rainfall had been the lowest last year at 496.4 mm. Paul said the city would also witness a gradual decline in the temperature in the last week of October ahead of the winter season which is from November till March. The city on Thursday witnessed a maximum temperature of 33.6 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature stood at 22 degrees Celsius, which is 4 degrees Celsius above the normal.