After a delay of 39 days, the Southwest monsoon finally commenced its withdrawal on Wednesday, with the retreat being termed as the most delayed one to commence over India. With this, the 2019 monsoon has remained the longest season ever.
Skymet Weather, a private weather forecaster, said the monsoon will withdraw from most parts of Northwest and Central India including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh in the third week of October.
However, the air quality in New Delhi, which, as of now, is moderate, is likely to deteriorate if monsoon withdrawal from northwest India stretches to the end of this month, weather officials have warned. “The late monsoon withdrawal is not good news for air quality in North India. During the third to fourth week of October, the temperature will also start to cool,” an official said.
Meanwhile, the IMD has predicted more rain for Pune till Thursday. In Bengal, heavy rain lashed the city since Wednesday noon, leading to water-logging of several thoroughfares and affecting traffic movement, whereas many parts of Himachal Pradesh received moderate to heavy rainfall while light snowfall was witnessed in the high reaches of Lahaul and Spiti.
Weather forecast: As monsoon withdrawal is delayed, Delhi faces a deteriorating air quality, rains till mid-October predicted for Pune. Read highlights here.
Southwest monsoon withdrawn from Punjab, Haryana
Southwest monsoon has further withdrawn from most parts of Punjab, entire Haryana including Chandigarh and Delhi, some parts of Uttarakhand, some parts of Uttar Pradesh, West Madhya Pradesh, East Rajasthan and most parts of West Rajasthan: IMD
Pleasant morning in Delhi
Delhiites woke up to a pleasant Thursday morning as the mercury settled at 20.7 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year. Humidity was recorded at 83 per cent, a MeT official said.
The weatherman has forecast partly cloudy skies for the day with the possibility of mist on Friday morning. The maximum temperature on Thursday is likely to settle at 33 degrees Celsius and the minimum at 21 degrees Celsius.
Lahaul Spiti receives fresh snowfall
Many parts of Himachal Pradesh on Monday received moderate to heavy rainfall while light snowfall was witnessed in the high reaches of Lahaul and Spiti.
Dalhousie received the highest 53 mm rains, followed by Bilaspur (21 mm), Sundernagar (12 mm), Sujanpur Tira (5 mm), Dharamshala (4 mm), Shimla (3 mm) and Mandi and Chamba (2 mm each), Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said.
Una was the hottest place in the state at 32.7 degrees Celsius, while Lahaul and Spiti's administrative centre Keylong recorded 2.9 degrees Celsius, he added
Heavy rain lashes Bengal, traffic movement affected
Heavy rain lashed the city since Wednesday noon, leading to water-logging of several
thoroughfares and affecting traffic movement. The city recorded 56 mm rainfall from noon till 5.30 pm, the weatherman said.
The Met department has warned of downpour in south Bengal till Friday morning. A police officer said north Kolkata streets witnessed
more water-logging when compared to the rest of the city. Traffic was disrupted on Chittaranjan Avenue, College Street and Council House Street owing to the heavy showers, he said.
EPCA asks Delhi govt to step up vigil as air quality deteriorates
The EPCA has directed the Delhi government to get ready to monitor the city's pollution hotspots and take other measures including a possible hike in vehicle parking charges in view of deteriorating air quality in the national capital.
The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) chairman Bhurelal in a letter to the Delhi Chief Secretary said: "EPCA is directing measures under 'very poor/severe' category of graded response action plan(GRAP) from October 15."