Rain lashes parts of Delhi-NCR, brings much-needed respite
New Delhi: Rain lashed parts of Delhi-NCR region on Friday evening bringing the much-needed relief to those who were baking in the Delhi summer. The traffic was also affected due to waterlogging in different areas in city.
The rain hit the Delhi-NCR region around 4 pm and there were reports that other parts too witnessed heavy rainfall. The Safdarjung observatory received 2.4 mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season's average, while the maximum was recorded at 37.4 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season's average.
While there was some relief from scorching heat, the Delhiites also had to face traffic congestion due to waterlogging.
The Delhi Traffic Police through their Twitter handle alerted commuters about the waterlogging. "Traffic is affected from R/A Apsara Border towards Anand Vihar & Singhu Border Chowk towards Sonipat due to waterlogging," read one of the tweets. In another tweet city police said," Traffic is affected from Azad Pur towards Bypass due to waterlogging at GTK Depot. Kindly avoid the stretch." The traffic was also affected due to the damaged road in Wazirabad. Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar received 7.6 mm, 1.8 mm, 0.2 mm and 3.6 mm of rainfall, respectively. The humidity oscillated between 100 per cent and 53 per cent.
The weatherman has forecast cloudy skies for Saturday with the possibility of thunderstorm accompanied with very light rains and gusty winds.
The weather is likely to remain pleasant on Saturday and the maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 37 degrees and 24 degrees Celsius, respectively. Meanwhile, 11 flights were diverted from Delhi airport here on Friday due to bad weather.