Rajasthan ‘robs’ Delhi of its rain, it may pour again in Capital from Monday
Met officials claimed that a low pressure has developed over Rajasthan, which dragged away most of the rain clouds and moisture. These clouds were supposed to trigger more rain in Delhi on Wednesday and Thursday. But instead they went towards the desert state.delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2017 23:30 IST
If you are wondering where Delhi’s rain has vanished despite the formal arrival of monsoon on July 7, you won’t have to go farther than Rajasthan.
The desert state seems to have stolen away most of Delhi’s portion of rain this week, leaving the capital high and dry. The result is that the city received less than 50% of the rain than what it usually receives in the second week of July.
Met officials claimed that a low pressure has developed over Rajasthan, which dragged away most of the rain clouds and moisture. These clouds were supposed to trigger more rain in Delhi on Wednesday and Thursday. But instead they went towards the desert state.
Experts at the regional weather forecasting centre (RWFC) in Delhi had predicted that rain and thundershowers would hit the city and NCR on Tuesday. The rains were supposed to continue till Thursday afternoon, with most of the activity expected on Wednesday.
A trough – an elongated low pressure area – was hovering near the Himalayan foothills. It was expected to shift and come closer to Delhi – NCR and trigger rain. A cyclonic circulation over east Uttar Pradesh was also supposed to add to the rain activity.
“But then a low pressure system started developing over east Rajasthan. The system was stronger and dragged away most of the rain clouds and moisture towards it, which could have triggered rain in Delhi,” said a met official of the national weather forecasting centre.
The result is that while Delhi remained dry on Wednesday and Thursday, Rajasthan has issued a warning of heavy rains from Thursday night.
“We had issued a warning of heavy rains on Wednesday. The warning has been renewed for Thursday too. Heavy rains are expected to hit the districts of east Rajasthan, including Udaipur, Kota and Chittorgarh from Thursday night,” said GS Nagrale head of the meteorological centre at Jaipur.
Delhi had to be satisfied with whatever rain it received on Tuesday. The city’s Safdarjung observatory received around 24.7 mm of rain on Tuesday afternoon and evening. But thereafter the rain stopped. Even though dark clouds had engulfed the city sky on Wednesday, there was no rain.
“This was one of the heaviest rainfalls that Delhi (Safdarjung observatory) received since monsoon hit the state on July 2. On July 6 night the city received around 17.6 mm of rain. Most of the rain that Delhi was supposed to receive occurred on Tuesday itself,” said a senior official of the RWFC.
IMD data showed that usually the city (entire Delhi) receives around 48.3 mm of rain during the second week of July (July 6 – July 12). But this time it received only around 21.4 mm of rain. This is 56% less than what the city usually receives during this time of the year.
Met officials are now expecting that another spell of rain and thundershower could lash the national capital from Monday onwards.
Till then Delhiites would have to bear with some muggy days as both the mercury and relative humidity are expected to shoot up. This, in turn, would force the heat index to rise.
Delhi’s Rain record
Rainfall recorded at Safdarjung observatory (July 6 – July 13)
- July 6: 0.0
- July 7: 17.6 mm
- July 8: 0.0 mm
- July 9: 0.0 mm
- July 10: 0.0 mm
- July 11: 0.0 mm
- July 12: 24.7 mm
- July 13: 0.0 mm
- Usually Delhi (entire city) receives around 48.3 mm of rain between July 6 and July 12
- This time it (entire Delhi) received around 21.4 mm of rain during this period
- Shortfall: 56%.
- June 1 – July 12: Delhi has received 23% excess rain (Most of the rain occurred on June)