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Delhi Rain Alert: IMD Issues Orange Alert for Next 2 Days

Key Highlights

  • Orange Alert: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Delhi, indicating the potential for severe weather that could disrupt daily life and pose safety risks.
  • Forecast: Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected over the next two days, particularly in the areas of Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi.

Weather Overview

Recent Conditions

  • No Rain on Monday: Despite forecasts, Delhi did not experience rainfall on Monday.
  • Light Rain on Tuesday: Early Tuesday saw light rain in some parts of the capital.
  • Temperature: Delhi’s minimum temperature on Tuesday morning was recorded at 30.7°C, three degrees higher than usual.

Upcoming Weather

  • Heavy Rain Forecast: The IMD predicts isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall (64.5-204.4 mm) for Delhi, Haryana, and Chandigarh on July 1st and 2nd, and again on July 3rd, 2024.

Meteorological Insights

IMD’s Statement

  • Challenge in Forecasting: IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra noted the challenges in forecasting for regions like Delhi during the monsoon season due to its small area, which often results in rain bypassing the city while affecting neighboring regions like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Previous Rainfall Data

  • Recent Heavy Rainfall: The Safdarjung Observatory recorded 228.1 mm of rainfall in 24 hours ending at 8:30 am on Friday, significantly higher than the June average of 74.1 mm, and the highest for the month since 1936.
  • Cloudburst Phenomenon: This heavy rainfall was attributed to a cloudburst over central Delhi, caused by the interaction of multiple weather systems.

Rainfall Definitions by IMD

  • Moderate Rain: 7.6 mm to 35.5 mm in a day.
  • Heavy Rain: 64.5 mm to 124.4 mm in a day.
  • Very Heavy Rain: 124.5 mm to 244.4 mm in a day.

Safety Advisory

The orange alert signifies a preparedness advisory for authorities and residents to take necessary precautions due to the potential for severe weather conditions. The IMD and local authorities will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

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