May records second highest rainfall in last 121 years: IMD

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Rains in India (Image: Pixabay)
Rains in India (Image: Pixabay)

New Delhi : Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in its report claimed that May this year received highest rainfall in the last 121 years, this happened mainly because of two back-to-back cyclones.

It also mentioned that 34.18-degree Celcius temperature has also been listed as the fourth-lowest since 1901. 

The lowest ever temperature recorded for May was 32.68 degrees Celsius in 1917. The temperature was lowest since 1977 when it was 33.84 degrees Celsius, the IMD said.

No significant heatwave has been observed in any part of the country in May.

Rainfall over the country as a whole for the month of May 2021 shows that it has recorded 107.9 millimetres which is 74 percent more than its Long Period Average (LPA) of 62 mm.

"Rainfall over India during the month of May was second-highest since 1901. The ever highest rainfall occurred in the year 1990 (110.7mm)," the IMD said in its monthly report for May.

India saw two cyclones in the month of May - one named Tauktae and second Yaas. These two systems brought rainfall not only over the states along the western and eastern coasts but also to other parts of the country. For instance, as Cyclone ''Tauktae'' weakened, it headed towards north India and brought rains over several parts of north India.

Similarly, 'Yaas'' brought rains over east India including Jharkhand, Bihar as it weakened.