Saturday, August 21: Delhi’s tryst with monsoon rains has been a volatile one, with extended periods of dry weather followed by brief intervals of hefty rains. Yes, when it rains, it pours for the capital! With the most delayed arrival of monsoon in 19 years, the monsoon arrived at Delhi-NCR on July 13—only to be followed by a whopping 500 mm rainfall in 15 days.
In August, the first 20 days saw little to no rain across the Delhi-NCR. However, since the evening of Friday, August 20, very heavy rains swept parts of the city, bringing daily life to a standstill. Over the last 24 hours till Saturday morning, Delhi’s base station at Safdarjung recorded a total of 139 mm, making it the rainiest 24 hours in August in at least 13 years since 2009.
As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Lodhi Road and Ridge also registered very heavy rains of 149 mm, followed by Sports Complex (124 mm), Pitampura (113 mm), Palam (84 mm) and Ayanagar (68 mm). The mercury levels also fell to below 24°C on Saturday morning as the city witnessed a nip in the air with temperatures three units below normal. The maximum daytime temperatures have also dropped to below 33°C from around 38°C recorded till Thursday.
Heavy rainfall brought Delhi to a standstill with severe waterlogging and traffic snarl in several places. The Delhi Traffic Police took to Twitter to inform residents about traffic disruptions due to waterlogging on Minto Bridge, Gurugram Road-Pared Road, Pul Prahladpur Underpass, MB road, Moolchand and Azad Market Underpass.
From June 1 to August 21, seasonal rainfall accumulation in Delhi’s Safdarjung has climbed up to a whopping 744 mm—more than 50% above normal. Incidentally, the long-period average monsoon rainfall for the entire duration of June to September is 586 mm for Delhi.
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Here’s are a few glimpses of how heavy rains treated Delhi is weekend!
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