Amid muggy days, rains bring welcome respite
Amidst the prevailing humid condition in the national Capital, the India Meteorological Department gave some good news for Delhiites, predicting that heavy rainfall will continue for the next three to four days.
"Monsoon had arrived a long while ago, but good rain was absent. But in the next 72 hours, heavy shower will continue in Delhi," said Dr Kanduri Jayaram Ramesh, the DGM of the MeT Department. He also said Dehli will witness daily rains in the coming week.
Talking about the temperature, however, Ramesh said that there will not be much relief in humidity, which is likely to continue for next three weeks. Mercury levels will go down at times, but the temperature will generally be static, predicting that temperature will be between 34-36° Celsius.
"Delhi is likely to get a good monsoon this year," said Ramesh, asserted in the same breath that the first half of the monsoon was not good as expected.
According to data till July 19, Delhi received 203.1 mm of rainfall. Last week, the city saw 14.7 mm of rainfall. The data says that Delhi-NCR received good rainfall in the beginning of the monsoon. 38 mm of rainfall was recorded on July 1, but it decreased later in the week. On July 11, the number it 11 mm.
The rains on Sunday brought much respite to Delhiites from the humid weather. The MeT department noted that in the next week, the monsoon trough is likely to shift towards the north, leading to increased rainfall. The monthly average rainfall for Delhi will be 187 mm.
Following heavy rains across the city, many places became water-logged. If rains continue with the same intensity on Monday, the city is likely to experience heavy traffic.
Delhi Traffic Police officials said that they are ready to handle the situation. They stated that more personnel will be deputed at important points. The traffic police have also approached Delhi's civic bodies and asked them to set up water pumps at important points of the city to clear water-logging.
Meanwhile, Delhi Transport Corporation has planned to observe the road and traffic conditions on Monday, after which some bus routes may be changed.