Monsoon has withdrawn from Delhi: IMD
September 29, 2022  22:29
The southwest monsoon -- which gave highly uneven rainfall this year -- has withdrawn from Delhi. 

The monsoon had rolled into Delhi on June 30 yielding the season's first spell of heavy rain (117.2 mm). 

The normal date of arrival is June 27 and that of withdrawal is September 25. 

Weather experts say a gap of three to five days is considered normal. 

"The southwest monsoon has withdrawn from Punjab; some parts of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, west Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan and entire Delhi," India meteorological department said. 

The Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi's primary weather station, recorded an overall deficit of 19 per cent this monsoon season -- 516.9 mm of rainfall against a normal of 653.6 mm. 

Also, the capital gauged less than half of the precipitation received last year (1169.4 mm). 

Up to 19 per cent of deficient and excess rain is considered 'normal', according to the IMD. 

Delhi stared at a much larger rain deficit till September 20. 

However, a late spell of incessant rains from September 21 to September 24 -- due to an interaction between a cyclonic circulation and a low-pressure system -- helped it cover the margin to a large extent. 

The rainfall recorded at the Safdarjung Observatory swung from a 49 per cent deficit on September 21 to a surplus of 39 per cent on September 24. -- PTI
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