New Delhi : Light to moderate rains occurred in many parts of southwest Bihar on Monday even as the weatherman forecast moderate to heavy rainfall in sub-Himalayan West Bengal today.
It was a sunny day in the national capital with the mercury settling two notches above normal.
“The maximum temperature was recorded at 36.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, while the minimum temperature settled at 26 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal,” a MeT official said.
Humidity levels oscillated between 41 and 84 per cent. Light to moderate rainfall occurred at many places in southwest parts of Bihar while light to moderate rainfall was reported from a few places in south east parts.
Heavy rainfall occurred at one or two places in northwest, southwest and southeast parts of the state, it said.
All the four prominent cities Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea received no rainfall on Monday (8:30 am to 5:30 pm) Very little rainfall in the past 24 hours led to a rise in the temperature by few notches in various cities.
Patna was the hottest place in the state at the maximum temperature of 35.4 degrees Celsius.
The Met department has forecast moderate to heavy rain in sub-Himalayan West Bengal for tomorrow, while southern districts are likely to get one or two spells of rain.
There was no significant rainfall in West Bengal in the 24 hours since last morning but a few places recorded thundershowers.
Diamond Harbour recorded the day’s highest temperature in the state at 35.7 degrees Celsius. Kolkata followed closely at 35.5 degrees Celsius.
The weatherman has forecast moderate to heavy rain in the sub-Himalayan districts of Darjeeling, Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri for tomorrow.
There is possibility of one or two spells of rain and a partly cloudy sky today in the southern districts of the state, the Met department said.
Meanwhile, going back on its earlier forecast of “above normal” monsoon, the India Meteorological Department on Monday said the monsoon will be “normal” this year due to delay in La Nina weather pattern.
The monsoon this year will be below 100 per cent of the long period average, Ministry of Earth Sciences Secretary Madhavan Nair Rajeevan said.
IMD Director General K J Ramesh said, “The monsoon will be normal this year.”
The activation phase of La Nina which was supposed to boost rainfall in September, got delayed, resulting in lesser than anticipated amount of rain this year, the state-run weather agency said.