Delhi: One day of rain in August broke 13-year record, Orange alert issued:
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday that Delhi has recorded 139 mm of rain, which is the highest rainfall in the month of August in the last 13 years in 24 hours. Along with this, the IMD has also issued an orange alert for the city. Heavy rains were also recorded in many parts of the National Capital Region (NCR), bringing down the mercury and bringing relief to Delhiites from the sultry heat, officials said.
He said that according to the data of Safdarjung Observatory, which is considered standard for Delhi, 139 mm of rain was recorded in the capital between 8.30 am on Friday and 8.30 am (period of 24 hours) on Saturday. While the ridge center recorded 149.2 mm of rain. Roads inundated due to record rain in Delhi, long jams took place at various places.
He told that this is the first time in 13 years that so much rain has been recorded in a single day in the month of August. Till now, the record of highest rainfall in a single day during the month of August in Delhi is 184 mm which was recorded on August 2, 1961.
Due to the rains, the minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 23.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, officials said. The relative humidity in Delhi is 100 percent.
Meteorologists have forecast that the sky will remain cloudy on Saturday as well and there may be moderate rain. The maximum temperature in the city is expected to be around 30 degree Celsius. The IMD has issued an orange alert for Delhi on Saturday, while a yellow alert has been issued for Sunday.
It is to be noted that less than 15 mm of rain is considered as ‘Light’, between 15 mm to 64.5 mm as ‘Moderate’, between 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm as ‘Heavy, 115.5 mm to 204.4 mm as ‘Extremely’. Rainfall above 204.4 mm is considered as ‘extremely heavy rain’ category.
Due to the rains, water logging has also arisen in many areas including Minto Bridge, Moolchand Underpass and ITO. Due to waterlogging, Delhi Traffic Police has closed several underpasses and is giving related information to the people through Twitter.
air quality improvement:
The Air Quality Index (AQI) has also improved due to heavy rains in Delhi. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the air quality index was recorded at 67 on Saturday morning, which falls in the ‘satisfactory category’. The AQI is defined as ‘good’ between zero and 50, ‘satisfactory’ between 51 and 100, ‘moderate’ between 101 and 200, ‘poor’ between 201 and 300, ‘very poor’ between 301 and 400. And between 401 and 500 is considered ‘serious’.