Heavy rains early Friday morning in New Delhi and NCR turned Friday pleasant for the Delhiites, who are already in festive mood.
Despite light to heavy rains that were witnessed at several places in the national capital, devotees were spotted thronging at temples to offer Navratra Puja.
Many parts of Uttar Pradesh too received heavy rainfall on Friday.
This year's monsoon in Delhi is tipped to be of the longest duration in more than 50 years with another spell of light to moderate rainfall likely this weekend while Dussehra revelries are on in the city.
According to the MeT department, the length of the current Southwest Monsoon is likely to exceed 120 days, breaking the previous record of 111 days recorded 57 years back.
The normal date of withdrawal for the SW Monsoon from Delhi NCR is September 21. But, most years, the monsoon here recedes by the end of September. In the last 70 years, only on seven occasions has the monsoon withdrawn from the national capital region in October, in 2007 and before that in 1954, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961 and 1974.
"In the last one week, isolated rainfall has occurred over Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, western Uttar Pradesh, eastern Rajasthan and at few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh," he said.
(With PTI inputs)