Delhi’s Safdarjung now has 56% rainfall deficit after prolonged dry spell | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: With rain eluding the capital for the past few days, Safdarjung, which is the city’s base station, is in the deficit category at 56%. The station has recorded 63.2 mm rainfall in August so far as against the normal 142.4mm. However, the Met department says since moderate showers are expected this month, the situation in Safdarjung is likely to improve.
The city is likely to receive rain from Thursday. The department has issued an ‘orange’ alert for Friday.
India Meteorological Department’s data (IMD) shows that in August, the city has received 63.2mm rainfall in five days of rain. The normal rainfall for the entire month of August is 247.7 mm. No rain has been recorded in the observatory since August 10, while showers are unlikely over the next two days.
Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at IMD, said, “There are chances of one or two spells of moderate rain in the month and it is expected that the condition of Safdarjung may improve by the month-end. Light rain may lash the city on some days too.”
According to IMD, Safdarjung recorded excess rain in the month of July at 141%. It received 507.1mm rainfall as opposed to the normal of 210.6mm rainfall. However, June stared at a deficit of 47%. It was near normal in August last year as Safdarjung received 237 mm rainfall as opposed to the normal mark of 247.7 mm rainfall.
The Met department said the rain activity was likely to resume in the capital from Thursday with the forecast of light rain. However, the rain activity is likely to intensify on Friday and an ‘orange’ alert has been sounded for the city. “Due to the cyclonic disturbance over south-west Uttar Pradesh and north-west Madhya Pradesh, moderate rain is forecast in Delhi on Friday. Besides, the wind direction on Friday may change to easterly, which brings moisture,” said Srivastava.
However, light to moderate rain is predicted for Saturday and light rain or thundershowers for Sunday.
Meanwhile, the maximum temperature rose to 37.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal, on Monday. The minimum temperature was recorded at 27.3 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal. The relative humidity oscillated between 77% and 45%. The maximum temperature is predicted to dip to 32 degrees Celsius on Friday.

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