The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today said Delhi recorded 139 mm rainfall, the highest one-day rain for August in at least 13 years, and issued ‘orange alert’ for the city.
Officials said heavy rains lashed parts of the national capital that brought the mercury down and provided relief to Delhiites.
The Safdarjung Observatory, considered the official marker for Delhi, recorded 139 mm rainfall, while the Ridge Station registered 149.2 mm rainfall from 8.30 am on Friday to 8.30 am on Saturday, they said.
This is the highest one-day rain for the month of the August in at least 13 years, they said.
The all-time highest rainfall was 184 mm on August 2, 1961, they added.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 23.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, they said.
The relative humidity was recorded at 100 per cent.
The weatherman has forecast generally cloudy sky with moderate rain during the day. The maximum temperature will settle around 30 degrees Celsius.
The IMD has issued an ‘orange alert’ for Saturday and yellow alert for Sunday.
The IMD uses four colour codes: Green means all is well; yellow indicates severely bad weather. It also suggests that the weather could change for the worse, causing disruption in day-to-day activities.
Orange alert is issued as a warning for extremely bad weather with the potential of disruption in commute with road and drain closures and interruption of power supply. Red is when extremely bad weather conditions are certainly going to disrupt travel and power and have significant risk to life.