After a scorching summer and record breaking high temperatures, it’s monsoon’s turn to do its work. Continuous and excess monsoon rain has dropped temperatures tremendously and brought them 6 to 8 degrees below normal in many parts of the country.
“The cool weather in the hill stations of north India may attract a lot of tourists this monsoon. The temperatures in Dharamshala, Shimla and Nainital will be in the range of 23 to 27 degree Celsius on an average, which can be a little cold. Though one must be careful about landslides that happen here during the monsoons, shares a senior weatherman at Skymet Weather.
The arid land of Rajasthan which holds a permanent reputation of scanty rains and very high temperatures is also getting a taste of good monsoon. After 63mm of rain in Jaipur in the last 24hours, temperatures will now be around 34⁰C. Udaipur which has been receiving light to moderate rain in the last one week is already at 35⁰C.
Weather in central India too is very pleasant. Heavy rain, i.e. 187mm and 90mm in Indore and Nagpur in the last 24hrs has made the maximum and minimum temperature fall by 9 to 10 degree Celsius. Indore is currently very cool at 26⁰C and will continue to remain so for days to come. Heavy to moderate rain will continue over entire Madhya Pradesh, Marathwada and Vidharbha region for at least next 4 to 5 days.
Unusual heavy rain of 194mm at Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh led to a dramatic drop of 9degrees in the maximum temperature and 4 degrees in the minimum temperature. Bareily is 27⁰C at present. Maximum temperature is expected to rise by a degree or two but it will still be way lower than the normal figure of 36⁰C.
On the other hand, temperatures in major cities of India, namely, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata are currently 2 to 3 degree celsius below normal due to rain and a cloud cover which is expected to persist. Maximum and minimum temperatures may drop further this week.
Hyderabad is 5 degrees below the normal figure of 33⁰C. Temperatures may rise a little here but people will still enjoy cool and pleasant days. Hyderabad touches 45⁰C in the summer months.
“Rain pattern will affect temperatures across the country. Last week was hot in most parts of India. But this week has been way cooler than our expectations, mainly because of spot heavy rains. The coming week however will be less cool except in east and northeast India, where the monsoon rains may become active”, says Mahesh Palawat, Head of the weather forecasting team at Skymet Weather.
Monsoon season is no more considered as a lull period for tourist activities in India. The rains and the low temperatures are today eagerly awaited by families looking to head out for a tourist destination and take a break from the fast paced city life.