The National Capital recorded the wettest monsoon in the past 46 years this year. Safdarjung weather station, which logs the official readings for the capital, has already recorded 1,139.8mm of rainfall for this season till 5.30pm on Saturday. The record seasonal precipitation is 1,155.6mm rainfall in1975.
With India Meteorological Department issuing an orange alert for moderate rain for Sunday, the 1975 record looks likely to be overtaken. The normal average precipitation from June till September otherwise measures 653.6mm. The all-time record is1,420.3mm rainfall in1933.
Saturday’s was also the city’s highest rainfall on a September day in the past 77 years at 383.4mm rainfall till 5.30pm. The only time the city received more rainfall in a day in September was 417.3mm rainfall in 1944. The normal mark for the entire month of September is 125.1mm rainfall. In September 2020, Safdarjung had recorded only 20.9 mm rainfall.
RK Jenamani, senior scientist at IMD, said September this year has been “highly unusual.” He said, “In just 11 days, the rainfall is almost three times than the normal for the month. With 19 days still left, more records may be broken.”