Luck's not just rained, it's poured. And the question uppermost in everybody's mind is will India break its three-year jinx with drought? The early onset of southwest monsoons—the annual phenomenon delivers 80 per cent of the country's total rainfall—preceded by good pre-monsoon showers all over the country has happily startled people awaiting a long and scorching summer.
To be sure, the early onset of rains is a trifle unusual. Meteorologists admit to a certain degree of unpredictability about this year's monsoon and the factors which have added to its vigour. For one, the blazing heat that usually scorches large swathes of north and central India in May and June was mostly subdued. As a result, the mercury, that normally soars to 45 degrees celsius in places like Delhi, Haryana and Punjab and even higher in Rajasthan and Gujarat, remained well below its average value during the peak summer season. Delhi best exemplified this variation from the normal: the city's average maximum temperature in May was a bearable 35.2 degrees celsius. More strikingly, no heat-waves were reported in the country. Also, almost all regions experienced a good amount of rainfall. Unlike the routine pre-monsoon thundershowers which are sporadic and unevenly scattered, the rainfall in the month of May was regular and well distributed.