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Rain hits Delhi NCR, eleven flights diverted to Jaipur, Lucknow

Delhi Weather Forecast Today: According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), thunderstorms are likely to intensify in the last week of this month.

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With more western disturbances than usual affecting the national capital, February is the wettest month since 2014 (Express photo by Abhinav Saha)

Delhi Weather Forecast Today: Delhi and its adjoining regions Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad received rainfall Monday evening, with the onset of another round of western disturbances, making February the wettest month since 2014. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), thunderstorms are likely to intensify in Delhi in the last week of this month.

As many as 11 Delhi-bound flights were diverted to Jaipur and Lucknow airports due to heavy rains in the national capital. “Nine flights have been diverted to Jaipur airport and two to Lucknow,” an airport official said. Skymet Weather attributed the weather change to a cyclonic Circulation lying over Punjab and adjoining Pakistan, which is expected to shift towards Haryana in the next 24 hours.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 25.4 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, while the minimum temperature settled at 9.2 degrees, three notches below the season’s average, a weather official said. The humidity oscillated between 95-45 per cent. The weather office has predicted overcast conditions along with the possibility of light-to-moderate rainfall and thundershowers with strong surface winds for Tuesday, PTI reported. “The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover at 22 and 13 degrees respectively,” an official said.

Two more western disturbances in quick succession will affect northwest India till Wednesday, according to the IMD data. The first western disturbance would affect northwest India is seen as a cyclonic circulation over central Pakistan and neighbourhood, the IMD weather warning said, adding that the second western disturbance will affect northwest India from February 26.

Western disturbances are the primary reason for rainfall during the non-monsoon months in Northern and Eastern India. These wind systems sometimes build up four or five times a month, but not all of these necessarily result in rain.

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According to the IMD , thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and gusty winds are “very likely” over parts of north and north-east India including Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya,Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh. In Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, and West Rajasthan, thunderstorm accompanied with hailstorm & lightning is also expected.

With more western disturbances than usual affecting the national capital, February is the wettest month since 2014.  At 215% more rain than usual this month, North Delhi received the highest rainfall in the city. This was followed by Northeast Delhi, with a 181% surplus.

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