Rainfall in the city has been more than 30 per cent less than usual since the advent of the monsoons. The situation is not likely to improve in the coming days,with the deficiency set to continue.
Monsoons arrived in the city almost a week after the normal date of arrival. From June till July 18,the city had received only 201 mm rainfall as opposed to the normal 288 mm. For the week between July 12 and 18,the rainfall received was 23 mm,a meagre quantity compared to the normal rainfall of 66 mm.
The Met Department has predicted showers in the coming days. However,it predicted that the deficiency in rain will continue. While the normal quantity of rainfall in Chandigarh during the period between June 1 and July 1 is 141.8 mm,this year just 7.2 mm rainfall was received.
In fact,the deficiency in rainfall is being experienced throughout the region,with Punjab and Haryana both coming close to drought-like conditions. In addition,the high levels of humidity have the residents of Chandigarh sweating,and the day and night temperatures in the city have over the past few days been above normal.