After a dry and sweltering August, residents were finally able to enjoy pleasant weather with almost continuous rain lashing the city. The Met recorded 38.9 mm of rainfall on Friday, more than that of the entire month of August, in which only 30.9 mm of rainfall was recorded — the lowest recorded during the past three decades.
The steady downpour also led to a sharp drop in temperatures, with the maximum recorded at 27.6°C, 5°C below normal.
According to the director of the regional meteorological department, Surinder Pal, more rainfall is expected during the next 24 hours. “Overall, the city is likely to get moderate rainfall in patches till the second week of September, after which the monsoon will begin receding and is expected to come to an end by the third week,” he said. On Friday, it began raining early in the morning with a cool breeze flowing and by 5:30 pm the city had received 13.7 mm of rainfall, with the figure going up to 38.9 mm by 8.30 pm.
However, the rainfall also threw life out of gear, especially in the evening, with the city witnessing long traffic jams on Madhya Marg and in the southern sectors.
A commuter, Arvind, said he reached home late by an hour. “Movement of school buses made the situation worse,” he added.