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Saturday showers bring Delhi’s max temp to lowest this winter; more rain today

🔴 Additional rain the city saw in the evening could make it the highest rainfall for the month in the past 32 years, after 1989.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: January 23, 2022 3:49:33 am
Delhi, Delhi news, Delhi weather forecast, Delhi rains, Delhi AQI, Indian ExpressThe rainfall was brought on by a western disturbance. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Delhi witnessed overcast skies and rainfall brought on by a western disturbance Saturday, and more rain remains on the forecast for Sunday.

Till Saturday evening, the Safdarjung weather observatory, considered the official marker for the city, recorded 69.8 mm of rainfall this month, on par with the rainfall recorded in January 1995. Additional rain the city saw in the evening could make it the highest rainfall for the month in the past 32 years, after 1989.

The highest amount of rainfall in January from 1950 onwards was 79.3 mm in 1989, followed by 73.7 mm in 1953. The normal amount of rainfall in this month is 14.3 mm, according to the India Meteorological Department.

The Safdarjung observatory recorded 4.9 mm of rainfall between 8.30 am on Friday and 8.30 am on Saturday.

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Saturday’s rain was caused by a western disturbance that lies over north Pakistan. The IMD said in an update Saturday evening that the western disturbance is likely to remain in the same region for the next 24 hours and will move eastwards after that. Cloudy skies and light rainfall are on the forecast for Sunday, with no rainfall thereafter. A western disturbance had brought rainfall to the city earlier this month.

Saturday’s maximum temperature was 14.7 degrees Celsius, seven degrees below normal. It is the lowest so far this winter, having fallen below the 14.8 degrees Celsius recorded earlier this month. The minimum temperature was 11.5 degrees Celsius.

Sunday’s minimum temperature is forecast to be 10 degrees Celsius, with the maximum likely to be 16. The minimum temperature is likely to drop to 6 degrees Celsius by January 27.

As per the Central Pollution Control Board bulletin issued at 4 pm Saturday, the AQI was 316 (‘very poor’).

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