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Double milestone for Delhi, coldest May day and heaviest rainfall

May 20, 2021 8:42 PM |

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Delhi recorded the all-time 24 hours highest rainfall in May beating the earlier record by double the margin. Official repository of meteorological records Safdarjung observatory measured 119mm rainfall in 24hr ending 8.30 am today. The earlier record of 60mm rainfall established on 24th May 1976 was equaled in the evening itself by 5.30 pm and a similar downpour of another 59mm set the record of all-time high. The coming days and years will surely find it difficult to surpass or even match this feat.

Also, yesterday the day temperature plunged 16 degrees celsius below the normal to stay at 23.8 degrees, the lowest in the last 70 years since 1951. Even the minimum temperature today morning slumped to 19.3 degrees, 7 degrees below normal. In the aftermath of cyclone Tauktae, the national capital has scored many firsts meteorological records, difficult to beat in the times ahead:

* All-time high of 24hr rainfall (119mm)
* Lowest maximum temperature since 1951 (23.8 degrees Celsius)
* Lowest minimum temperature in the last 10 years (19.3 degrees Celsius)
* Lowest diurnal variation (2.4 degrees Celsius - 19th May, Min Temp: 21.4 degrees Celsius, Max Temp: 23.8 degrees Celsius)
* Highest monthly rainfall in the last 10years so far (123mm)
* Lowest average of Max Temp. from 01-19 May (37.7 degrees Celsius against normal 39.5 degrees Celsius)

The remnant of cyclone Tauktae, after weakening to a low pressure reached in the close proximity of Delhi. This was supported by well-marked cyclonic circulation. Also, the presence of a western disturbance over the hills interacted with this feature to enhance the spread and intensity of rainfall over Delhi and the neighborhood.

The weather system has moved eastward vacating Delhi-NCR. No significant weather is likely for the next week. However, the mercury will rise appreciably tomorrow onwards and strong winds also are likely to sweep the capital for the next few days.

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