Delhi on ‘Orange Alert’ on Saturday, August 21

Delhi on ‘Orange Alert’

The Safdarjung Observatory official marker for Delhi reported 139 mm rainfall, the lofty one-day rain for August in at least 13 years, and issued an 'orange alert’ for the city, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday. It gave relaxation to Delhiites as it brought the mercury down due to heavy rains, officials said. While the Ridge Station registered 149.2 mm rainfall from 8.30 am on Friday to 8.30 am on Saturday, they said. The all-time highest rainfall was 184 mm on August 2, 1961, they added. The minimum temperature was reported at 23.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, they said. The IMD has issued an 'orange alert' for Saturday and yellow alert for Sunday.

The IMD uses four colour codes:

  • Green implies all is well; 

  • yellow demonstrates a harshly bad climate. It also proposes that the conditions could alter for the worse, disrupting day-to-day activities. 

  • An orange alert is issued as an indication for incredibly bad weather with the ability of disruption in commute with road and drain closures and respite of power supply. 

  • Red is when extremely bad weather conditions are certainly going to disrupt travel and power and have significant risk to life.

Rains resulted in water logging in several portions of the city, containing Minto Bridge, Moolchand underpass and at the ITO. Due to the water-logging, the Delhi Traffic Police closed various vital underpasses and took to Twitter to inform commuters.

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