Delhi receives highest rainfall in May since 1951

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New Delhi (NVI): Delhi witnessed a new record being set as it received 119.3 mm of rainfall during 24 hours, the highest in the month of May since 1951.

The rainfall was caused by the influence of ‘Cyclone Tauktae’ which has now weakened into a well marked low-pressure area over east Rajasthan and adjoining west Madhya Pradesh.

“Delhi has received highest ever 24 hours rainfall of 119.3 mm at Safdarjung airport on 19-20 May 2021 (0830hrs IST of 19th till 0830 hrs IST of 20th May) in last 71 years since 1951 for the month of May,” the IMD said.

Earlier highest was 60mm observed on 24 May 1976, it added.

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), “Drizzle/ Light rain are expected over Delhi during the next 24 hours.”

Safdarjung airport has recorded 119.3 mm of rainfall in past 24 hrs, whereas Palam recorded 63.8 mm, Lodi Road recorded 124.4 mm, Ayanagar recorded 97.9 mm, Najafgarh received 92.5 mm, Salwan Public School, Mayur Vihar recorded 95.5 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours, the IMD forecasted.

Depression (remnant of the Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm “Tauktae” ) weakened into a Well marked low pressure area over east Rajasthan and adjoining west Madhya Pradesh, the IMD said.

The overall air quality of Delhi has improved to the good category as forecasted by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research).

Widespread rainfall helped to remove suspended particle through washout process. Surface winds are northwesterly and high.

“Overall AQI is forecasted to stay in the good to low end of satisfactory for tomorrow and Satisfactory to Moderate on May 22 and May 33,” according to SAFAR.