Delhi received the highest rain for the month of May in 70 years between yesterday morning and this morning, the Met department said. The rainfall in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, northern Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand is a result of interaction between the remnant of cyclonic storm Tauktae and a Western Disturbance, the IMD said.
India Meteorological Department mentioned that Delhi has recorded 119.3 millimetres of rainfall in the last 24 hours.
Rainfall recorded below 15 mm is considered light, between 15 and 64.5 mm is moderate, between 64.5 mm and 115.5 mm is heavy, between 115.6 and 204.4 is very heavy. Anything above 204.4 mm is considered extremely heavy rainfall.
“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, told the media.
The city’s maximum temperature also fell 16 degrees below normal, to 23.8 degrees Celsius, after a day-long spell of rainfall on May 19. This was the lowest maximum temperature in May for at least 70 years. Delhi’s minimum temperature was 21.4 degrees Celsius, five degrees below the season’s normal.
The skies remained cloudy in Delhi today as morning as well. The weather department told that the “rainfall activity is very likely to decrease” today and “scattered to fairly widespread” rainfall is forecast in the capital.