Thursday, September 2: Delhiites woke up to another spell of intense showers today, as heavy rains returned to the capital for a third straight day. The past two days have thoroughly soaked Delhi, with the downpours even breaking some long-standing rain records!
Between the morning hours of Tuesday and Wednesday (August 31-September 1), Delhi recorded 112.1 mm rainfall, which marked the highest single-day precipitation in September in 19 years. The record was broken again in the subsequent 24 hours, with the capital registering rains worth 117.7 mm from Wednesday to Thursday mornings!
Altogether, Delhi recorded a total rainfall of 229.8 mm within the first two days of September—a significant rise from its long-term monthly average of 125.1 mm.
Such three-digit rainfall figures (100 mm/day) are very rare for Delhi—so rare, that it has happened less than 10 times in the monsoon months of the last 20 years. This year, however, it has happened four times already: July 25, August 20, September 1, and now September 2.
As expected, such torrential falls caused major disruption across the capital city, flooding roads and slowing down the traffic movement all around.
Here are some visuals the depict the record-breaking wet start Delhi has made to the month of September:
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