IMD issues yellow alert for heavy rainfall in Delhi, cautions citizens to be alert


The India Meteorological Department on Friday issued a yellow alert for rainfall in the national capital and cautioned the citizens about the same.
The yellow alert was issued after Delhi and its adjacent areas witnessed torrential rainfall for a second consecutive day on Thursday, alerting the citizens to be prepared for the next two-three days. This heavy downpour resulted in waterlogging at many places in Delhi and the National Capital Region.
Water logging and heavy rainfall had also brought the city’s transportation system to a halt, resulting in massive traffic jams throughout the region.
Meanwhile, RK Jenamani, senior scientist at IMD, has issued an orange alert for very heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand over the next two days.
“Orange alert for very heavy rainfall issued for Uttarakhand from 23rd to 25th Sept. Rain is expected to increase over western UP tomorrow,” said RK Jenamani, senior scientist, IMD.
The weather forecasting agency in its All India Weather Summary and Forecast said, “a western disturbance as a trough in mid-tropospheric westerlies run roughly, under whose influence, the current spell of rainfall is likely to continue over northwest India for next few days followed by a reduction thereafter.”
It said that widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls is also expected to occur over Madhya Pradesh and Haryana on Friday.
“Fairly widespread/widespread light/moderate rainfall with isolated heavy falls and thunderstorm/lightning very likely over Madhya Pradesh and Haryana on September 23rd; Uttarakhand and West Uttar Pradesh on September 23rd-25th; East Uttar Pradesh on September 23rs, 25th, and 26th; and East Rajasthan on September 23rs and 24th September 2022.”
Isolated very heavy rainfall is also expected over West Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya today, it added.
It also stated that widespread light to moderate rainfall, with isolated heavy falls and thunderstorms or lightning, was expected over Arunachal Pradesh on Friday and Saturday.
The IMD also informed that the lowest minimum temperature of 20.8 degrees Celsius was reported on Thursday at Ridge (Delhi) over the plains while the maximum temperature was “marked below normal” (-5.1 degree Celsius or less) at most places in Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi.
Earlier on Thursday, an incessant spell of light to moderate rain drenched the national capital for the second consecutive day.
The rainfall led to waterlogging and uprooting of trees that caused massive traffic snarls in many parts of the capital. Following this, pedestrians were compelled to walk through severely inundated lanes and main roads.