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Delhi on Orange Alert; Heavy Rains to Continue for Next 2-3 Days | The Weather Channel
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Delhi Rains

(Rajesh Mehta/BCCL Delhi)

Thursday, August 13: Parts of Delhi will continue to receive heavy showers of rain for the next 48 hours, i.e. over Thursday and Friday, August 13-14. The capital city has witnessed overnight and early morning showers on Thursday as well, with wet conditions bringing about pleasant weather for Delhiites.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the western part of the monsoon trough has shifted to the north of its normal position, and is likely to remain there during the next 48 hours.

Under the influence of these conditions, fairly widespread to widespread rains, with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places, are very likely across northwest India, including Delhi, for the next 2-3 days.

Owing to the likelihood of heavy to very showers, thunderstorms, and lightning, an orange alert has been placed over the capital for Thursday. The alert urges residents to ‘be prepared’ of the rough weather conditions.

On Friday, the wet conditions will deintensify, and the advisory over Delhi will be demoted to a yellow watch, which advises locals to ‘be aware’ of the weather situation.

Further, IMD’s impact-based forecast model predicts major traffic disruption on roads and an increased chance of vehicle accidents in Delhi on Thursday. Water accumulation in low lying areas is also possible. Therefore, residents have been instructed to check for traffic congestion before heading outdoors, follow traffic advisories, and avoid going to areas prone to waterlogging problems.

Similar advisories and weather parameters will also be applicable for Delhi’s neighbouring territories of Haryana and Chandigarh.

But on a more positive note, the recent rainfall activity has purified in the air in the landlocked capital, and Delhi’s current overall Air Quality Index (AQI) stands at 60, as per SAFAR. This AQI level lies in the ‘satisfactory’ category, and will therefore, allow the residents to enjoy a clean atmosphere with low pollution.

By Saturday, August 15, Delhi will enjoy pleasant weather on Independence Day, with generally cloudy skies and light rains likely during the morning hours.

Meanwhile, in the past 24 hours, most places in Delhi and NCR experienced heavy rains and thunderstorms, with the ground-based stations at Palam, Safdarjung, and Ayanagar recording rainfall figures of 93.6 mm, 68.2 mm, and 99.2 mm respectively. The downpour caused severe waterlogging in areas like Dwarka, Tughlakabad, and Zakir Nagar.

So far this monsoon season, the rainfall activity over Delhi has been slightly underwhelming. Between June 1 and August 12, the capital has received 230.2 mm rainfall—a ‘deficient’ figure as compared to its long term average for this period, which stands at 356.3 mm.

Moreover, the likes of East Delhi, North East Delhi, South Delhi, and West Delhi have also recorded ‘deficient’ precipitation stats in this time frame, with only New Delhi, North Delhi, and South West Delhi recording ‘normal’ rainfall figures.

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