Delhi has more dates with rain

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The rain gauges in Delhi have recorded two-and-a-half times more than the average amount of rainfall common for this time of the year, thanks to three spells of rain since January. The showers on Saturday have further pushed up this figure.

Since January 1, the capital received 127 mm of rain, while the average for January-February is around 36mm of rainfall, India Meteorological Department officials said.

A breakdown of rainfall in the different areas of the city shows that New Delhi and Northwest Delhi received the highest amount of rainfall this year, while Northwest Delhi received the least.

Met officials said the unusually wet weather is a result of aggressive wind masses that have been moving across north India.

Met officials said these "western disturbances" were a result of moist masses from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal interacting with the colder westerly masses from higher latitudes, sweeping Delhi and the plains.

"This type of favourable wind anomaly is mainly due to stronger seasonal anticyclones over respective sea areas," a Met official said.

Met officials attributed 33.5 mm of rainfall to the first storm in January, while the remaining 93.5 mm were split between the other two spells earlier this month.

On Saturday, the city received 0.6 mm of rain in the morning. More rain is in store for Sunday, the weatherman said.

These storms are expected see the winter out, he said.

Despite the rain, the mercury has risen slightly for this time of the year, a Met official said. The highest temperature for January-February was recorded at 27.1 degree Celsius, 2 degrees higher normal.

The lowest was recorded at 14.9 degree Celsius, 4 degrees higher than normal.

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