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Even as the first day of November saw drizzle and rain in the city, the month that just passed was the driest in six years.
For most of October, high temperatures of around 31 degrees Celsius were recorded in the city.
The last week saw rainclouds lowering temperatures. However, the downpour, at barely 47 mm was the lowest seen in the city since 2009, when just 35.2 mm of rainfall was recorded. In perspective, the rainfall recorded was less than one-third of the ‘average’ of 156 mm.
In contrast, October 2014 saw more than 320 mm rainfall. India Meteorological Department officials said low and dry winds, and lack of cloud build-up around the city had led to the “late” oncoming of October rains this year around.
Coupled with a weak monsoon and dry October, the city’s water tables and lakes had been salvaged only by strong pre-monsoon showers, where the city received nearly 80 per cent above ‘normal’ rainfall.
The start of the new month, however, saw the city enveloped in rain. The city received 3 mm of rainfall till 8.30 p.m. IMD forecasts that cloudy skies and occasional spells of rain would continue for the next 48 hours at least.
From: The Hindu