The national capital woke up to rainfall yet again on Thursday early morning with waterlogging reported at least nine stretches of roads by 7 AM. The Delhi Traffic Police said that traffic will remain affected on these stretches and urged motorists to avoid those routes if possible.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) at 5 AM on 20 August issued an ‘Orange’ alert for heavy rain at isolated places with moderate rain and thundershowers in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) between 5:30 AM and 8:30 AM.
An orange alert is issued to allow citizens and government agencies to prepare for the impact of heavy rain such as traffic disruption on roads, increased chance of vehicle accidents and water accumulation in the low-lying areas and on roads.
An advisory issued by the IMD for the same said that people must check for traffic congestion on their routes before leaving for their destinations, follow traffic advisories and avoid going to areas prone to waterlogging.
The traffic police said that waterlogging was reported from several stretches including Burfkhana Chowk in north Delhi, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road at Pul Prehaldpur, and at least four stretches of the GT Road.
Scientists at the IMD had forecast ‘light to moderate’ rainfall on Thursday.
“ After Thursday the intensity of rainfall will decrease. Delhi is in for a spell of light rain till 25 August. The monsoon trough is passing through the Capital,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s regional weather forecast department.
Heavy rain likely over NW India for next 24 hours: IMD
Many parts of north-west India, including Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi, are likely to record heavy to very heavy rain during the next 24 hours, India Meteorological Department (IMD) authorities said in their Thursday morning bulletin.
Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, measuring over 20 cm, is likely to be recorded on Thursday over parts of central India such as Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and eastern Madhya Pradesh (MP).
Safdarjung and Palam weather stations in the national capital have recorded 14 millimetres (mm) and 21.5 mm, respectively, between 2.30 AM and 5:30 AM on Thursday.
A well-marked low-pressure area lies over northern coastal Odisha. It is likely to move westwards gradually and concentrate into a depression during the next 24 hours, the IMD bulletin said.
Due to these favourable conditions, widespread and very heavy rain is likely over Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, MP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Vidarbha during the next three or four days.
Extremely heavy rain is likely over southwest Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and eastern MP on Thursday; western MP on Saturday and Sunday; eastern Rajasthan on Saturday and Gujarat over the weekend.
“The monsoon trough is active and lies south of its normal position and continues to be active during the next four-five days. There is a 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 the next two days. Heavy to very heavy rain is also very likely over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi during the next 24 hours. “The monsoon trough is near Delhi and there are strong moisture-laden southwesterly winds blowing over the region which is making it favourable for good rainfall activity here,” said RK Jenamani, senior scientist at National Weather Forecasting Centre (NWFC), IMD.
Moderate to severe thunderstorms accompanied by lightning is likely over Uttarakhand, UP, and eastern Rajasthan over the next 12 hours.