The heavy rain coupled with winds blowing at a moderate speed brought much-awaited respite to residents on Friday evening with temperature coming down by eight notches after almost two weeks of sweltering heat wave.
After a hot day, the downpour came as a pleasant surprise for residents as in the morning there were little signs of it raining.
The Met department stated that after over one hour of rain, the maximum temperature recorded on Friday evening was at 26° Celsius as against 34.6° Celsius recorded on Thursday.
As per the Met, 18.4 mm of rain was recorded in the city, while 48.8 mm was recorded at the airport observatory.
The maximum temperature on Friday was recorded at 37.9° Celsius as against 41.6° Celsius on Thursday. The minimum temperature on Friday was 26.2° Celsius. The Met said the maximum temperature on Saturday would be around 40° Celsius and minimum at around 25° Celsius.
Meanwhile, the spell of rain resulted in waterlogging and traffic chaos in various parts of the city. Vehicles that broke down due to the rain also resulted in traffic chaos in many parts.
In Panchkula, power and water supply got disrupted to many parts of the city due to the rain. The residents complained that even till 9 pm the power supply had not been restored.
“The power supply got disrupted in Sectors 15, 16, 14, 12 and 12A. An electricity pole got bent due to storm, but it was corrected. The supply is restored in all the areas except Sector 12A,” said executive engineer, power department, DS Dhanda.
“The supply of water and power was disrupted in Sector 15 for around three hours. At 9 pm, the power came but not water,” said SK Nayar, president of Citizen Welfare Association.
“In Sector 16, power supply remained disrupted for over two hours,” said Subhash Papneja, general secretary, Residents Welfare Association, Sector 16.Director, Met department, Surender Paul said the rain spell was because of thunderstorm activity and cyclonic circulation over western Uttar Pradesh due to heat wave. “The rain spell would recede. There is possibility of zero rain on Saturday. The days ahead will be humid, but temperature will be normal,” Paul added.