The southwest monsoon, crucial to millions of farmers and the health of the countrys overall economy, set in over New Delhi yesterday, two weeks ahead of schedule, breaking a 108 year-old record.
Heavy rains, accompanied by lightning in some areas, lashed the national capital since morning, keeping most people indoors. The monsoon has hit neighbouring Haryana and Punjab too.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the last time the monsoon set in over Delhi on June 15 was in 1901.The monsoon has broken a 108 year-old record, said IMD director B P Yadav.
Its definitely good news. As predicted, the progress of the southwest monsoon over almost all parts of India is largely smooth. We expect to receive normal rainfall this year, he added.
Last year, the monsoon arrived in Delhi on June 28 and in 1998, it was on June 16. The normal date of monsoon arrival in Delhi is June 29.
For some Delhi residents, it was a perfect setting for an outing. Sakshi Jain decided to enjoy her Sunday with friends and did not mind getting wet.
The monsoon is a relief from the extreme heat, said Sakshi, a business management student. I am enjoying getting wet in the rain and plan to go out with friends.
A K Goel, a chartered accountant, said: It is unusual for Delhi to witness so much rain in the month of June, but its an excellent kind of weather and perfect to go roaming out. IANS