Heavy downpour brings Capital to grinding halt
NEW DELHI: Heavy rains lashed Delhi on Thursday bringing the mercury down even as traffic was thrown out of gear and water-logging was reported at several places.
The Safdarjung observatory, figure of which is considered official for the city, received 59 mm rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.
Areas under Lodhi Road, Palam, Ayanagar and Ridge received 42.6, 23.8, 35.3 and 22.6 mm rains respectively in the same period.
The maximum temperature was recorded at 32.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average while the minimum temperature settled at 26.6 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year.
The humidity level oscillated between 100 and 76 per cent.
The MeT office has forecast light to moderate rain at several places and heavy rains at isolated places for Friday.
"The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover at 32 and 25 degrees respectively," the weatherman said.
Heavy rain was also recorded in Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurugram. The department predicted that the coming week may also witness low to medium rain.
There were massive traffic snarls on various stretches in Delhi resulting in chaos where commuters resorted to tweeting about their woes of being stuck on the roads for hours. The Delhi Traffic police twitter handle also was busy on Thursday afternoon keeping the motorists informed about which roads to avoid due to jams or water logging.
Heavy traffic was reported from the Captan Gaur Marg carriageway from Moolchand to Ring Road. The carriageway from M.B road to Khanpur was also waterlogged. The cops advised people to avoid the stretch.
A Delhi resident Zubin Malhotra informed cops about traffic jams at BRT. Heavy traffic build-up was also seen at Mundka towards Rajdhani Park and Modi Mill U-turn.
Motorists were seen stranded and heavy rains added to their misery. A large number of people were seen taking shelter from the rain at bus stops and under flyovers.