The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted thunderstorms with moderate to heavy intensity rain in Delhi and its adjoining areas on Saturday.

As per the IMD, winds with a speed of 20-40 Km/h would occur over the national capital along with Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, Karnal, Manesar, etc.

“Thunderstorm with moderate to heavy intensity rain and winds with speed of 20-40 Km/h would occur over and adjoining areas of many places of Delhi ( ), NCR ( Bahadurgarh, Gurugram, Manesar, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Loni Dehat, Hindon AF Station, Ghaziabad, Chhapraula, Noida, Dadri, Greater Noida) Karnal, Rajaund, Assandh, Safidon, Panipat, Gohana, Gannaur, Sonipat, Kharkhoda, Jind, Rohtak, Jhajjar (Haryana),” IMD tweeted.

Earlier this month, Delhi recorded the highest rainfall in September in the past 19 years. The national capital recorded 112.1 mm rainfall on September 1. Besides, Delhi also saw the highest rainfall in 11 years–1,005.3 mm so far this year.

For the first time since 2010 monsoon rainfall level surpassed the 1,000 mm mark in Delhi, the weather monitoring agency said.

Intense bursts of rainfall pounded the capital in July and September that submerged roads, residential areas, schools, hospitals, and markets in knee-deep water and plunged vehicular traffic into chaos.

Despite the monsoon embracing Delhi only on July 13, making it the most delayed in 19 years, the capital had recorded 16 rainy days in the month, the maximum in the last four years. But, in August, The city recorded just 10 rainy days.

However, weather experts said that such rainfall does not help recharge groundwater.

The water percolates in the ground if it rains slowly over four to five days. In case of heavy falls, the rainwater runs off quickly, a former IMD official said.

“The rain washes away pollutants, but since the number of rainy days has reduced, the average annual air quality is also getting affected,” he said.

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