Delhi Rain News: Orange alert sounded in Delhi as IMD predicts heavy showers, gusty winds on Sunday | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The southwest monsoon may have arrived late into Delhi but it is slowly gathering pace in the region.
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The capital saw spells of ‘heavy’ rainfall over the past 24 hours with both Ridge and Pitampura recording over 85mm of rainfall on Wednesday. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an ‘orange alert’ for Sunday, when heavy showers and gusty winds are expected.
IMD classifies rainfall above 64.4mm in a single day as ‘heavy’. While the Ridge station recorded 107.4mm of rainfall till 8:30 am on Thursday, Pitampura received 87.5mm of rainfall during the same period.
Met officials say while drizzle is expected on Friday across the city, the monsoon’s intensity will gradually increase over the weekend. Light rainfall is expected on Saturday. “In the next seven days, the peak intensity of monsoon will take place on Sunday, when gusty winds and strong showers are expected,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at IMD, adding that “moderate rainfall is expected on Monday as well.”
“Rainfall is expected through the next week and light rains will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday too,” Srivastava added.
On Thursday, Delhi saw scattered rainfall. The Safdarjung observatory, considered as the base station for Delhi’s weather, recorded ‘trace’ rainfall between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm, while ‘trace’ rainfall was also recorded at Lodhi Road. Pitampura recorded 0.5mm of rainfall during the same period and the Sports Complex station in east Delhi 5mm of rainfall.
With two days of ‘moderate’ rainfall at Safdarjung, it has now received ‘excess’ rainfall for the month so far. While the normal rainfall mark till July 15 for the station is 88.3mm, it has received 112.4mm of rainfall, an excess of 27 per cent.
Delhi’s maximum temperature was recorded at 36.6 degrees Celsius on Thursday. IMD forecasts the maximum to stay around 37° Celsius for Friday and Saturday, before dropping to 33° Celsius on Sunday. On Monday, Delhi’s maximum may fall to 31 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s air remained in the ‘satisfactory’ category on Thursday with an overall Air Quality Index of 83.


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