The mercury plunged to 31 degree Celsius as rains lashed the Capital on Monday but, traffic jams and waterlogging marred the monsoon experience.
Rain God’s mercy on a hot July day again turned into a nightmare for Delhiites. On Monday, the mercury plunged to 31 degree Celsius as rains lashed the Capital.
However, traffic jams and waterlogging marred the monsoon experience for people in several parts of the city.
The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered official for the city, received 20.7 mm rains between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm. Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar received 24.4, 18.5, 17.2, 38.9 mm rains during the same period, said a MeT department official.
The maximum temperature settled at 31 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 2.8 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal. Maximum humidity was 95 per cent and minimum 73 per cent.
The Capital’s adjoining areas like Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, and Faridabad also reported good rainfall on Monday morning, afternoon and evening. Private weather forecaster Skymetweather.com said, “Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and UP may continue to see light to moderate rains.”
Meanwhile, daily traffic jams worsened cause of the rain at DND near Okhla, Mayur Vihar, Akshardham, Nizamuddin bridge, Green Park, Ashram, Shahadra, Laxmi Nagar, ITO, etc.
Waterlogging and resultant inconvenience to motorists was reported from Munirka, Aurobindo Marg, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, around the Saket metro station, Malviya Nagar, Dhaula Kuan, Moolchand, Dabri Mor, Motibagh, Mahavir Enclave and under Rao Tula Ram flyover continuing till the Airport Road.
Despite PWD and MCD’s claims of desilting of drains, the city proved not ready for heavy showers on Monday again.
Chandni Arora, a 30-year-old businesswoman from Vasant Vihar, said it took her nearly an hour more to reach Gurugram from Delhi than usual. “It took me nearly double the time as I got stuck on the Outer Ring Road after the rain began around noon,” she said.
The MeT office has forecast overcast skies along with the possibility of thunderstorm and rain for Tuesday as well.
The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover at 30 and 26 degrees Celsius respectively, the weatherman said.