2021 monsoon in Delhi breaks one record after another; more in store

The monsoon this year has dumped a bounteous 1,170.7 mm of rainfall in Delhi till Thursday evening, the highest since 1964 and the third-highest since the India Meteorological Department (IMD) started collecting data.

Delhi’s September rainfall has breached the 400-mm mark. Till 5:30 pm on Thursday, Delhi recorded a total of 404.1 mm rainfall in the month of September as observed by the Safdarjung observatory, informed IMD.

It is the highest for this month in 77 years. Earlier in September 1944, Delhi had witnessed 417.3mm rainfall. It remains the highest recorded rainfall for the month of September in the last 121 years. Delhi had reported 359.2 mm rainfall in September 1945 and 341.9 mm rainfall in September 1933.

With still 14 days left in this year’s September, Delhi needs another 13.2 mm of rain to break the 121-year-old record.

To put things into perspective, Delhi had received only 404 mm rainfall in the entire 2019 monsoon period.

Experts said that the 2021 monsoon was on course to become the second-wettest monsoon ever in Delhi by the time it withdraws. The highest ever rainfall in Delhi was witnessed in 1933 when a total of 1,420.3 mm rainfall was recorded.

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But, with the 2021 monsoon already recording a total of 1,170.7 mm of rainfall since its beginning on July 16, the 1964 monsoon’s record of being the second-wettest seems to be under threat. In 1964, 1190.9 mm of rainfall was witnessed in the national capital.

Normally, Delhi records 653.6 mm of rainfall during the monsoon season. Last year, the capital gauged 648.9 mm of precipitation.

Between June 1, when the monsoon season starts in the country, and September 15, the city normally gets 614.3 mm of rainfall. The monsoon withdraws from Delhi by September 25.

Delhi had gauged 1,155.6 mm of rainfall in 1975 and 1,190.9 mm in 1964.

Earlier, the weather department issued an orange alert for moderate rain in Delhi during the day. Light rain is likely on Friday.

Mahesh Palawat, vice president, Skymet Weather, a private forecasting agency, said, “On and off rains will continue till September 23-24 due to the expected late withdrawal of monsoon.

“This means Delhi may record its second-wettest monsoon ever by the time it withdraws,” he said.

This is the third time in the last two decades that the monsoon rainfall in Delhi breached the 1,000 mm mark.

The city had recorded 1,031.5 mm of rainfall in the monsoon season in 2010. In 2003, the capital had gauged 1,050 mm of it.

(With PTI inputs)

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