New Delhi: The Southwest Monsoon reached the national capital on Tuesday (July 13),16 days behind the usual date of onset, making it the most-delayed in 19 years, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
“The monsoon has arrived in Delhi,” senior IMD scientist K Jenamani confirmed after a spell of rains drenched parts of South Delhi today morning.
In 2002, monsoon had covered Delhi on July 19.
Usually monsoon reaches Delhi by June 27. In 2020, the wind system had reached Delhi on June 25.
This year, the weather department had a tough time forecasting the advancement of monsoon over Delhi.
The IMD acknowledged on Monday that “such type of failure by numerical models in the prediction of monsoon over the capital is rare and uncommon”.
The IMD had earlier said monsoon would hit Delhi on June 15, which would have been 12 days early.
In June, the Met office said the conditions will become favourable for the monsoon to advance to Delhi and other parts of northwest India by July 7.
Later, it said Delhi will get its first monsoon rains around July 10.
The weather department revised the forecast yet again on Saturday, saying the monsoon may reach the capital in the next 24 hours.
Central Delhi is now the most rain-deficient district in the country, receiving only 8.5 mm rainfall against the normal of 132 mm since June 1.
It has recorded a shortfall of 94%.
The national capital has so far received 67% less rainfall than normal, putting it in the category of “large deficient” states.
The IMD said it is continuously monitoring the further progress of monsoon into the remaining parts of the country.