Light to Moderate Rainfall Hits Delhi and Surrounding Areas, Monsoon Active in the Capital

New Delhi: Parts of Delhi and its adjoining areas experienced light to moderate rainfall on Friday afternoon, providing relief from the sweltering heat as the monsoon continues its active phase in the national capital.

The monsoon arrived in Delhi on Sunday, two days ahead of its expected arrival, bringing much-needed respite to the city dwellers. However, the heavy downpour has resulted in waterlogging in various areas of Delhi and Noida, leading to inconvenience for the residents. In response to the prevailing weather conditions, the weather department has issued an ‘orange’ alert for the city.

Soma Sen, a scientist from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), stated that the monsoon is currently active and has made significant progress over the past four to five days. With the exception of certain parts of northwest India, the monsoon has made its presence felt across the entire country. It has already covered Gujarat and southeast Rajasthan, and Sen anticipates that within the next two days, southern Punjab, Haryana, and the remaining parts of Rajasthan will also experience rainfall.

Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi, in an interview with ANI, highlighted the preparations undertaken by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to tackle the monsoon season. She emphasized the importance of coordination among various departments, including the MCD, PWD, DDA, Delhi Jal Board, Railways, and Metro, to ensure effective preparations rather than engaging in blame games.

Sunday witnessed a significant development as the IMD declared the onset of the southwest monsoon over both Mumbai and Delhi simultaneously, a phenomenon not witnessed for many years. The arrival of the monsoon was marked by heavy rainfall accompanied by lightning and thunderstorms in both cities, setting the stage for the monsoon season ahead.

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