New Delhi: Delhi recorded its highest rainfall in 122 years after the capital city received 88.2 mm of rain in the first month of the year.
This is the highest rainfall in the capital since 1901, when the India Meteorological Department (IMD) started collecting data, an official said.
Delhi had earlier received its highest rainfall in the year 1989 when the capital city received 79.7 mm of rain.
Rainfall data of Delhi stations
1. Narela- 8.5 mm
2. Najafgarh- 10.0 mm
3. UJWA KVK- 16.0mm
4. Ayanagar- 19.0mm
5. Lodhi Road- 18.0mm
6. Safdarjung- 19.3 mm
7. Palam 19.4- mm
Delhi had recorded nearly 70 mm of rainfall in January this year, as on Saturday, the highest in the month in the last 32 years, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
“Cold day conditions persisted in large parts of the capital and neighbouring areas till January 16 due to fog and low clouds. The day temperature fell again under the influence of back-to-back western disturbances (WDs) from January 16,” he said.
Delhi has recorded six WDs in January this year, as against a normal of three to four WDs in the month, Palawat said.
“Delhi saw three WDs between January 1 and January 9. Three more have impacted the capital since January 16, the latest being on January 21,” he said.
Clouds and rain prevent exposure to sun, which reduces daytime temperature. Clouds trap the heat, which gets through during the day, keeping the night time temperatures above normal.
The IMD predicted a dip of three to four degrees Celsius in Delhi’s minimum temperature in the coming days.