Delhi crosses annual rain average in just 7 months…

Delhi: 2 August, 2021 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: Even as there are five months left to the year, Safdarjung has already received the average rainfall for the year, thanks to the moderate and heavy spells of rain recorded in July.
The city received 780.7 mm rainfall till Sunday morning while the annual average normal rainfall mark for Safdarjung from January to December is 779 mm, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD). Of the total rain, 507.1 mm rainfall was recorded solely in July.
The normal rainfall during July is 210.6 mm at Safdarjung Observatory.

Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at IMD and head of Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, said, “Delhi’s base station Safdarjung crossed the annual average normal rainfall mark on August 1, with five months still left to the year. After the onset of the monsoon, the city has been receiving rain on most days. July recorded 16 rainy days, including three heavy rain days. As August usually witnesses heavy rain days too, the annual rainfall recorded this year is expected to be higher.”
The actual rainfall was nearly 141% above normal than the long-period average. Apart from July, May also recorded excess rain than the average mark. The city received 144.8 mm rainfall in May, while January, February, March, April and June recorded deficit rainfall.

According to IMD, the annual average rainfall recorded was below the normal mark in the past two years. Safdarjung station received 613 mm rainfall in 2019 and 765.4 mm rainfall in 2020 against the normal mark of 779 mm. In 2018, the city had crossed the annual average normal mark with rainfall.

On Sunday till 8.30 am, Ridge and Pitampura witnessed heavy rain at 126.8 mm and 90.5 mm rainfall, respectively. IMD has issued an ‘orange’ alert for Monday as heavy rain is predicted at isolated places.

Safdarjung received 28.2mm rainfall from 5.30am to 8.30am on Sunday and 12.6mm rainfall between 8.30am and 5.30pm. While a few more stations saw very light rain to light rain. Ayanagar, Ridge, Lodhi Road and Palam reported 3.6mm, 2.4mm, 2.6mm and 2mm rainfall, respectively, from 8.30am to 5.30pm on Sunday.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 32.1 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal. While the minimum temperature was at 24.8 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal.