friday september 23: The intense monsoon rain that began to inundate Delhi and its neighboring towns of Noida and Gurugram on Thursday afternoon continued throughout the night, leading to gridlock and excruciatingly slow traffic on major roads Thursday evening as well as Friday morning.
The nation’s capital received a notable rainfall of 72mm during the 24-hour period between Thursday and Friday morning, while its maximum temperature on Thursday was recorded at 28°C – 7°C below normal for that period of the year.
Due to persistent downpours, the Gurugram administration today issued a notice to private institutions and corporate offices, urging them to guide their employees to work from home to avoid traffic jams. In Noida, all public and private schools up to grade 8 will remain closed as many roads remain flooded with rainwater.
The intensity of the precipitation should however start to slow down from today. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted mostly cloudy skies with moderate rain and thunderstorms in almost all parts of Delhi. Thunderstorm activity is expected to continue in Delhi-NCR over the next three days, adds the IMD Regional Meteorological Center in New Delhi.
Downsides aside, the humid weather ended up clearing the air in the landlocked capital. On Friday morning, Delhi’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at just 41, which falls into the “good” category (AQI between 0 and 50)!
Meanwhile, the current rainy spell in the region could very well be the last of the current monsoon season. Normally, monsoon conditions withdraw from Delhi around September 25, but the outflow might be slightly delayed this year due to the presence of a stationary cyclonic circulation over northwest Madhya Pradesh. The process of withdrawal is well underway, however, with the most northwestern parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat already monsoon-free.
(With contributions from IANS)
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