Delhi Soaked: Heavy rainfall predicted as IMD forecasts prolonged showers

Orange alert for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh signals the arrival of heavy rain in the region

| Updated: 09 July, 2023 2:42 pm IST
On Saturday, Delhi experienced the highest rainfall in a single day for the month of July since 2003 (TNI PHOTO BY Sumit Kumar)

NEW DELHI: On Sunday morning, Delhi greeted its residents with refreshing showers, as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted a continuation of rainfall in the coming days.

The IMD had previously forecasted high-intensity rain for the next 2-3 days in the capital city.

Saturday witnessed Delhi experiencing its highest rainfall in a single day for the month of July since 2003, leading to waterlogged streets in several areas. From 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, the city received a remarkable 126.1 mm of rainfall, resulting in inconvenience for many.

Charan Singh, Head of IMD, Delhi, shared insights, “This week, North-West India, including Delhi, will witness rainfall. The rain will be intense for the next 2-3 days, gradually reducing thereafter. The much-needed relief from the scorching heat will accompany this period.”

The IMD further forecasts “isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall” in Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir from the 8th to the 10th of July. Additionally, East Rajasthan, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, and Punjab are expected to experience similar rainfall conditions on July 8th and 9th.

In a tweet, the weather agency affirmed, “Light to moderate intensity rain will persist in various areas of Delhi and the National Capital Region, including Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Assandh, Safidon, Panipat, Gohana, Gannaur, Meham, Sonipat, Rohtak, Kharkhoda, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Mattanhail, Jhajjar, Kosali, Sohana, and Rewari in Haryana.”

The IMD added, “North India can anticipate heavy rains for the next four to five days, while the active monsoon will extend its impact to other states as well.”

An orange alert has been issued for Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh. Ajay Kumar Singh from the Meteorological Department in Chandigarh highlighted, “The monsoon is fully active in India, arriving early in Punjab and Haryana, which typically experience it by July 5. Currently, a Western Disturbance is active, causing rainfall today and tomorrow. Orange and yellow alerts have been issued for most areas.”

The IMD has issued a heavy rainfall alert from July 8th to 9th for Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, and West Uttar Pradesh, urging residents to remain prepared and take necessary precautions.

In addition, the weather agency has issued a yellow alert for specific districts in Kerala, emphasising the importance of adopting precautionary measures during heavy rainfall.

As the monsoon season continues to unfold across various regions in India, citizens are advised to stay updated with weather forecasts and take necessary steps to ensure their safety, while minimising the impact of heavy rainfall.

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