NEW DELHI: With 56.6mm rainfall being recorded in January till 5.30pm on Wednesday, this is the highest amount received in the city in the past 21 years. India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the normal rainfall expected in January is 21.7mm. Before this, a higher rainfall (59.7mm) was recorded in January 1999.
The highest rainfall recorded in January in Delhi was in 1995 with 69.8mm. In January 2019, 54.1mm rainfall was registered.
Delhi received rain for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday and very light rain is forecast for Friday. Several areas received light rain in the morning, while a hailstorm was witnessed in isolated parts of the national capital. Met officials said the rain was a result of the influence of western disturbance.
According to IMD, Safdarjung, Delhi’s base station, recorded 6mm rainfall between 8.30am and 5.30pm, while Ridge, Palam and Lodhi Road weather stations received 11.2mm, 5.4mm and 6.3mm of rainfall, respectively.
Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at IMD and head, Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, said, “There is no forecast for rain on Thursday, but very light rain is expected on Friday.”
In 2020, the monsoon had withdrawn on September 30, but the city mostly remained dry as the last rainfall was recorded on September 8. Only trace rainfall was reported in October last year, while November and December recorded just 0.6mm and 1.6mm rainfall, respectively.
Rainfall up to 2.4mm is classified as very light rain, while it is considered light rain between 2.5mm and 15.5mm.
IMD has issued an orange alert for Thursday as there is a prediction for dense to very dense fog in the morning. The minimum temperature on Wednesday was 13 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal. The maximum temperature was 21.3 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal. The minimum temperature is predicted to fall in the next 48 hours.
The forecast for Thursday shows maximum and minimum temperatures to be around 19 and 8 degrees Celsius, respectively. Dense fog is also predicted for Friday. The minimum temperature is expected to hover around 6 degrees Celsius from January 11.