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Delhi Weather update: Heavy rain lashes Delhi NCR, disrupting traffic in many areas

Delhi Weather Forecast Today Update: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an alert for heavy rains in the national capital at 10:05 am.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 19, 2020 3:17:18 pm
Heavy rain lashes Delhi NCR, waterlogging in some areasDelhi NCR received heavy rain since early morning on Wednesday. (ANI)

Delhi Weather Today: Delhi NCR received heavy rain since early morning on Wednesday, submerging low-lying areas in knee-deep water and affecting traffic on key roads during morning rush hours.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an alert for heavy rains in the national capital at 10:05 am. Thunderstorms and moderate to heavy spells of rain are very likely to continue over Delhi and adjoining areas during the next two hours, it said. The downpour may lead to “major traffic disruption” and there is an “increased chance” of road accidents, it warned.

Delhi Weather update: Heavy rain lashes Delhi NCR, disrupting traffic in many areas A man pulls his auto rickshaw through a flooded street during heavy rains in New Delhi, India, August 19, 2020. (Reuters)

Vehicles moved bumper to bumper during the morning rush hours, as the downpour led to heavy waterlogging at key road stretches. Traffic congestion has been reported at Ring Road twoards Bhairon Marg due to ongoing construction work.

The Delhi Traffic Police has been constantly updating its Twitter handle alerting commuters about waterlogging at several intersections across the city.

Heavy rain lashes Delhi NCR, waterlogging in some areas A man rides a motorbike during heavy rains in New Delhi. (Reuters/File)

Waterlogging has been reported at BRT near Central School, Badarpur to Ashram, Badarpur flyover underpass, Sarita Vihar flyover underpass, Dhaula Kuan towards AIIMS carriageway, Moti Bagh flyover underpass, MB road near Batra Hospital, Palam flyover and Chhata Rail.

The axis of monsoon will remain close to the national capital till Thursday, said Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the regional forecasting centre of the IMD.

“Southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea and southeasterly winds from the Bay of Bengal are also feeding moisture to the region,” he added.

The Safdarjung Observatory recorded 139.2 mm rainfall, as against the normal of 157.1 mm in August, a deficiency of 11 per cent. Overall, it has recorded 457.8 mm rain since the beginning of monsoon season from June 1, six per cent more than the normal of 433.2 mm.

Meanwhile, the IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura, heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Uttarakhand, Punjab, West Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Gujarat.

The weather agency has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall for Konkan and central Maharashtra over the next four to five days. IMD Mumbai centre’s deputy director general KS Hosalikar said Mumbai and neighbouring Thane are likely to witness maximum rainfall intensity on Friday and Saturday.

The monsoon trough, active and lying close to its normal position, is very likely to shift southwards during the next 24 hours and remain active during the next 5 days, IMD said.

Convergence of strong moist southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea over plains of Northwest and Central India is likely to continue during the next 3-4 days. Under its influence, fairly widespread rain with isolated heavy falls is very likely over northwest India including Western Himalayan region till August 20 and decrease thereafter.

Isolated heavy to very heavy rain is also very likely over Jammu Division today, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi on August 19 and 20 and west Uttar Pradesh today.

The monsoon trough is active and lies close to its normal position. It is very likely to shift southwards during next 24 hours and remain active during next 5 days. There is convergence of strong moist southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea over plains of Northwest India and Central India at lower levels and likely to continue during next 3-4 days. Under the influence of this system:

“Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall activity with Isolated heavy falls very likely over northwest India including Western Himalayan region till 20 August, 2020 and decrease thereafter. Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall also very likely over Jammu Division on 19th; Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi on 19th & 20th and West Uttar Pradesh on 19th August, 2020,” the weather department said.

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