After a three-week long dry spell, the entire city saw widespread rainfall, bringing cheer to most Delhiites.
The rain gauges at Safdarjung recorded 69.5 mm of rainfall. Moderate rainfall was also seen at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, leading to four flight diversions. Sixteen other flights, mostly domestic, were delayed. The rainfall started a little after 6pm and brought down the temperatures by almost 10 degrees in three hours. The temperature at 5.30pm was recorded at 34.6 degrees and it fell to 25 degrees by 8.30pm.
The city may get more rainfall on Wednesday but it will be light. The temperature is expected to be between 36 degrees and 26 degrees.
The maximum temperature on Tuesday was recorded at 35.4 degrees, normal for this time of the year. The minimum was recorded at 25.8 degrees, two degrees below normal. The rain, while bringing cheer to many, also brought along water logging and traffic jams during peak traffic hours.
Defence Colony, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Hanuman Mandir on Karol Bagh Road and many other parts in Central Delhi saw complaints of traffic snarls and water logging. “I have been trying to cross the stretch from Defence Colony to Greater Kailash but the traffic has come to a complete standstill because of the water logging,” said Aarti Sharma, a resident of GK-II.