On Saturday and Sunday, there was heavy rainfall in areas of northwest India, with Delhi breaking a record that had stood for forty years. According to the India Meteorological Department, Delhi experienced the most rain in a single day in July since 1982 with 153 mm falling in the 24 hours ending at 8:30 on Sunday.
A western disturbance and monsoonal winds are interacting to cause an intense rainstorm over northwest India, including Delhi, which has already received its first “very heavy” rainfall of the year.
On July 10, 2003, the city recorded 133.4 mm of rain, and on July 21, 1958, 266.2 mm of rain, which is a record.
The Met Office has issued a yellow advisory for considerable rain, which might worsen already-existing concerns for Delhi residents.
Social media platforms were inundated with images and videos of commuters wading through knee-deep water, prompting questions about the effectiveness of the city’s drainage system.