New Delhi: Based on the data collected by the Met department, Delhi received the highest rain for the month of May in 70 years between yesterday morning and this morning, due to the impact of Cyclone Tauktae and a western disturbance.
At 119.3 mm, this is the highest ever rain since 1951. Previously, such a record was seen on a May day in 1976 when Delhi say 60 mm, almost half of yesterday’s figures.
“A record 119.3 mm rain fell in Delhi between 8:30 am on Wednesday and 8:30 am on Thursday, which is a new record for May,” Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the weather office’s regional forecasting centre, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The capital’s maximum temperature for May too dipped to the lowest in 70 years, with a record 23.8 degrees on May 19. This was16 notches below normal and the lowest in the month of May since 1951. In between, a low of 24.8 degrees was recorded on May 13 1982, Mr Srivastava said.
Delhi’s maximum temperature during the day yesterday was less than that of Srinagar (25.8 degrees) and Dharamshala (27.2 degrees).
The rain and the drastic dip in temperature was welcomed by residents who posted comments of surprise and delight as well as pictures of rain from their homes on social media.
Parts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand too received rain yesterday.
This morning, the sky remained cloudy in Delhi, with the weather department saying, “rainfall activity is very likely to decrease” today and “scattered to fairly widespread” rainfall is forecasted in the national capital.