Heavy rains have been lashing Delhi since Saturday. Several surrounding cities also witnessed waterlogging while blocking the key routes with slow movement of traffic.
However, sudden downpours are not usual for Delhi in the month of October. The showers have indeed brought relief by improving the air quality. With October setting in, the air quality begins dipping with the onset of winter.
As per Mahesh Palawat, vice president of Skymet, a private weather agency, the downpour in the last 24 hours led to a new record. It was the highest the city has seen in Safdarjung in October over the last decade. The Safdarjung observatory is Delhi’s primary weather station. “74 mm 24-hour rain over Delhi Safdarjung is highest during the last decade. patchy rain may continue for the next two day(s). But with reduced intensity. Record is of 172.7 mm on Oct 01 in 1954.”
According to the IMD (India Meteorological Department), Delhi received the second-highest rainfall since 2007. This is a new record for the city.
Delhi also saw a record drop in temperature by over 10 notches since Saturday. Not only Delhi, but the nearby cities including Faridabad, Gurugram and Noida have been experiencing heavy showers.
As per IMD, in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha, Moradabad, Garhmukteshwar, Rampur, Sambhal, Chandausi, Jahangirabad, Khurja, Narora, Sahaswan, Badayun, Aligarh, Kasganj, Nandgaon, Hathras, Mathura, and Etah will also receive showers.