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NEW DELHI: The capital recorded light to moderate rain on Monday evening with the mercury settling at 35.7 degrees Celsius — two notches above the normal for this time of the season.
Meanwhile, the IMD has issued an “orange” alert for the city for the next three days with moderate to heavy showers likely expected. Delhi has, so far, received “normal” rain, with the earlier deficit wiped out by last Thursday’s spell, which was the heaviest of the season.
“Most parts of the city are likely to see moderate rain from Tuesday with some locations recording heavy rain too. This will continue till Thursday, with light rain expected on Friday. There is a chance Delhi’s overall rain could even touch the surplus range by Friday,” a met official said.
Safdarjung — Delhi’s base station — recorded 23.2mm of rainfall between 8.30am and 5.30pm on Monday, while Lodhi Road recorded 24.9mm rainfall during the same period.
This season, the capital has received 338.4mm of rainfall so far, as against a normal mark of 395.1mm — which comes to -14%. If rainfall is between -19% and 19%, it is classified as “normal” rain. However, exceeding 19% places it in the “excess” category. A deficit of -20% and more, meanwhile, places the rainfall in the “deficient” range.
The city has been recording some of its best air this week, with a “good” air day recorded on August 13 when the AQI touched 50. Since then, the AQI has been hovering in the “satisfactory” range and was recorded at 66 on Monday.
SAFAR — a body under the Union ministry of earth sciences has forecast the AQI to drop once again in the next few days owing to widespread rains.
“Fairly widespread rain is likely to continue in Delhi for the next 24 hours and likely to intensify thereafter. AQI is forecast to stay between the lower end of the ‘satisfactory’ and the ‘good’ category for the next two days,” SAFAR stated on Monday.