Delhi witnesses highest rainfall for January in at least 13 years; waterlogging reported

The weather department has predicted a cloudy sky for Delhi till 9 January.

FP Staff January 08, 2022 08:18:27 IST
Delhi witnesses highest rainfall for January in at least 13 years; waterlogging reported

Delhi-NCR witness heavy rainfall, thunderstorms. ANI

Delhi and its adjoining areas witnessed heavy rainfall with thunderstorms in the early hours of Saturday.  Due to a western disturbance, Delhi-NCR is likely to receive light rain or drizzle, with a generally cloudy sky throughout the day on 7 January.

The National Capital recorded its highest rainfall in a day for January in at least 13 years, according to official figures, as overnight rains inundated some low-lying areas in the national capital.

Several parts of the city reported waterlogging with the Safdarjung Observatory, considered the official marker for the city, recording 41 mm rainfall which, according to data available on the IMD website, is the highest in a day for January for at least 13 years.

The weather station at Palam gauged a record 48 mm rainfall in the 24 hours ending at 8:30 am Saturday.

The overnight rain, however, improved the air quality of the city to moderate category this morning with the air quality index (AQI) of 114 at 9 am. It was 182 on Friday, the best since October 26 when it stood at 139.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe".

The minimum temperature was recorded at 15.2 degree Celsius, eight notches above the season's average. The maximum temperature is likely to settle around 19 degree Celsius, the meteorological department said.

The weathermen have forecast thunderstorms with rain during the day. The relative humidity was 100 percent. December recorded the longest streak of six "severe" air quality days since 2015.

After heavy rainfall, the minimum temperature in Delhi was almost 7 degrees Celcius above normal.

"Thunderstorm with moderate to heavy intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of entire Delhi and Delhi NCR (Gurugram, Faridabad, Manesar, Ballabhgarh) Karnal, Panipat, Gannaur, Sonipat, Kharkhoda, Jhajjar, Sohana, Palwal, Nuh (Haryana) Baraut, Bagpat (UP) and Tizara (Rajasthan)," tweeted India Meteorological Department.

With rain lashing several parts of Delhi and the temperature dipping further, homeless people are taking refuge in night shelters.

The weather department has predicted a cloudy sky for Delhi till 9 January.

Meanwhile, the air quality in the national capital improved to 'poor' from 'very poor' category on Friday, a day after the national capital experienced intermittent rain spells, with the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 273, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

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