Mercury dips as rains lash Delhi, wet weather to last till Thursday
Parts of the city, such as Lodhi Road, received up to 41.0 mm of rain -- the highest since monsoon arrived on July 2. The city had received around 17.6 mm of rain on July 6 night. After this, there had been hardly any rain.delhi Updated: Jul 11, 2017 23:44 IST
After days of muggy weather, heavy rain and thundershowers lashed Delhi on Tuesday afternoon, bringing down the temperature but brought along with them the usual problems of water logging and traffic snarls.
Some spells of rain, thunderstorms or lightning are expected to continue until Monday, with day temperatures not expected to rise above 35 degrees Celsius.
Parts of the city, such as Lodhi Road, received up to 41.0 mm of rain -- the highest since monsoon arrived on July 2. The city had received around 17.6 mm of rain on July 6 night. After this, there had been hardly any rain.
Met officials had predicted rain from Tuesday night. The showers are supposed to continue till Thursday, at least intermittently.
“The rain however lashed Delhi a bit early. On Tuesday, the day temperature remained around 35.8 degrees Celsius and the city received around 22 mm of rain till 5:30 pm,” said a senior official of the regional weather forecasting centre in Delhi. The temperature had dipped to 28.5 degrees Celsius in the morning.
Met officials said that a trough – an elongated low pressure area – was hovering near the Himalayan foothills. It was expected to shift and come closer to Delhi-NCR and trigger rain. A cyclonic circulation over east Uttar Pradesh was supposed to add to the rain activity.
“It was supposed to shift on Tuesday evening and the rains were supposed to hit the city by night. But the trough shifted its location a little earlier,” said the official.
Experts claimed the showers are expected to continue till Thursday afternoon. Some lightning is expected on Friday and Saturday, before rain is expected to make a comeback on Sunday.
Usually Delhi receives the maximum rain in three months – July, August and September. But this year it received around 191.9 mm of rain in June – nearly 2.5 times. This was the wettest June in more than a decade.
Since July 2, when monsoon hit the city, Delhi received around 23 mm of rain. Most of this rain was registered on July 6 (17.6 mm) while the remaining days remained almost dry.
Water logging, traffic jams
The rain spelt chaos on the roads, causing water logging and traffic jams. The woes multiplied in the evening rush hour, leaving commuters stranded for as much as two hours over the usual time.
Though water logging had begun on many stretches of roads within 30 minutes of the shower, the traffic situation was manageable in many places in the afternoon.
But as office-goers began returning home in the evening, many found themselves stuck in unusually long jams.
“A journey from Lajpat Nagar to Connaught Place took me over an hour, as against 20 minutes on regular days. The road to the Jangpura Underpass was water logged, leaving us stranded. I asked the cab driver to take an alternate, longer route,” said Yasin, a doctor.
Raghav Singh, a visitor to Connaught Place, said he found himself stuck in a jam on the outer circle. “I finally had to choose the first exit route I could find,” he said.
People complained about traffic lights not functioning on some roads.
At some places sewers were overflowing. A sewer overflow near Okhla Mandi forced vehicles to crawl.
Among other roads affected by water logging were the RTR Marg, Noida-Delhi Link Road, MB Road near Tughlaqabad Air Force Station, Nangal Raya Flyover, Vikas Marg and under the Raj Nagar Flyover.