Heavy showers drench Delhi, more rain expected over the next few days
On Monday, heavy rain and thundershower lashed Delhi in the afternoon for more than an hour. Lodhi Road received 42.6 mm of rain — the heaviest in the Capital.delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2017 21:51 IST
Brace for more rains over the next two days as sudden developments in meteorological conditions have reactivated the monsoon in this part of the country, met officials said.
On Monday, heavy rain and thundershower lashed Delhi in the afternoon for more than an hour. Lodhi Road received 42.6 mm of rain — the heaviest in the Capital. While Safdarjung area registered around 29.6 mm, Ridge area recorded around 30.0 mm. Aya Nagar received the least rain — 10.2 mm.
“We are expecting more rains over the next two days. On Tuesday, the rainfall activity could increase. The rains would start fading from Wednesday,” said a senior official of the regional weather forecasting department.
The monsoon trough, which triggers rain in an area over which it passes, had shifted northwards and was located in the Himalayan foothills over the past few days. It had been triggering heavy rains in the foothills while the plains were running dry.
“But a cyclonic circulation – which is actually large mass of air swirling around a low pressure area – over western Uttar Pradesh, turned the tables. The system dragged the trough and brought it closer to Delhi which in turn started triggering rain in the Capital and entire NCR,” explained an official.
Darkness descended over Delhi as huge cells of rain bearing clouds converged over the city from north-eastern and south-eastern directions. The cells showered rain over the city as they moved from one part to the other.
“We expect the sky to remain cloudy throughout the week. This would also help the temperature to remain less than 35 degrees over the rest of the week,” the official said.
Even though monsoon arrives in Delhi in June, the city receives the heaviest rainfall in July and August. This year, however, Delhi received one of the heaviest rains in June. It was the wettest June in more than a decade receiving around 191.9 mm of rain.
“In July however Delhi received only around 171 mm of rain. Delhi usually receives around 187 mm of rain in July,” said an official.