Gwalior has recorded 191 mm of rain in the last 24 hours, from 8.30 am on Saturday. The city has now set an all-time record for rain in 24 hours. Prior to this, Gwalior’s all-time 24-hour rainfall high was 149.9 mm, dating back to July 7, 1947.
Monsoon reached Gwalior on June 25 this year. The city received its first good spell of Monsoon showers from June 23 to 25. Thereafter, weather in Gwalior remained mostly dry with only isolated thundershowers being recorded. But since July 5, the city has been receiving consistent spells of rain on a daily basis.
Since last 48 hours, the intensity of rainfall has increased from light to extremely heavy. This heavy rainfall activity was a result of depression which was hovering close to North Madhya Pradesh. Moreover, the axis of Monsoon trough was also active near Gwalior and was instrumental in providing good rains over Gwalior.
As per Skymet Meteorology Division in India, the depression will now move in the northwest direction and will then gradually weaken into a low pressure area. Therefore, rain over North Madhya Pradesh (including Gwalior) will reduce. As a result, temperatures in the region will begin to rise again and humid conditions coupled with climbing temperatures will result in uneasiness and discomfort. Possibility of light rain cannot be ruled out during this period.
Rain is likely to return to Gwalior around July 16 when another weather system will approach parts of Central India and the northern plains. Also, till then, the axis of Monsoon trough will shift towards the foothills of Himalayas resulting in subdued rainfall activity over Central India and the northern plains.
So far, Gwalior has received 210 mm of rain in July against the monthly normal of 250.7 mm. The next spell of rain, commencing around July 16, is likely to push the monthly rainfall record for Gwalior higher. The city is likely to cross its monthly rainfall record for the month of July.
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