Rainfall with thunderstorms and strong winds hit many parts of Delhi-NCR on Wednesday evening, while there’s more rain on the forecast for the next three days.
Parts of South, Central and North Delhi saw rainfall on Wednesday evening, along with parts of Ghaziabad, Noida, and Faridabad. The rainfall is on account of a western disturbance as a cyclonic circulation that lies over Afghanistan. Cloudy skies, and light rainfall or thundershowers are on the forecast for Delhi on Thursday, while rainfall is likely to be accompanied by hail and strong winds of 30 to 40 kmph on Friday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast. Very light rainfall is likely on Saturday as well.
The IMD has issued a ‘yellow’ alert for Delhi on Thursday and Friday, which is a warning to ‘be aware’.
With rainfall, the maximum temperature is set to fall from the 33.6 degrees Celsius recorded on Wednesday to around 28 degrees Celsius on Friday.
Multiple western disturbances have been bringing rainfall to northwest India this month. Till Wednesday, the Safdarjung weather station, which provides a marker for the city, had recorded 28.3 mm of rainfall, an excess of 75% over the normal of around 16.2 mm till March 29. The weather observatory at Palam has recorded an even higher amount of 68.1 mm this month, marking an excess of 376%. This is in contrast to the dry February that Delhi saw with no rainfall at all.
The IMD has issued a forecast for scattered to fairly widespread rainfall and thunderstorms over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and East Rajasthan from March 30 to April 1, along with isolated hailstorms over the region on March 30 and 31. The IMD has issued a warning for possible damage to crops due to wind and hail.
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