Heavy showers since morning, followed by intermittent rainfall throughout the day, brought down the maximum temperature but spelt traffic troubles for commuters on Friday, specially during morning peak hours.
The Met department has predicted a generally cloudy sky with few spells of rain and thundershowers with heavy showers in some areas on Saturday, too, with the maximum and minimum temperature likely to be 30 degrees Celsius and 26 degrees Celsius.
The morning rainfall led to heavy traffic jams due to waterlogging on several arterial roads of the capital and the suburbs. Commuters had a harrowing time reaching their offices with long queues of vehicles witnessed on all arterial roads.
“Coming from the trans-Yamuna side, it took me more half an hour just to cross ITO and take my car further on the Sikandra Marg,” said a hassled Amitesh Kumar, soon after reaching his office near CP.
It was no different for bus commuters. Meenakshi Gupta, a Janakpuri resident who works for a private firm at Nehru Place, said, “It took my bus more than an hour on my regular route. At times, the bus wouldn’t simply move in the congested traffic.”
The maximum temperature on Friday was recorded at 30.2 degrees, six notches below normal, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 27.4 degrees, normal for this time of the year.
Met officials said, “A total of 5.2 mm rainfall was received by 8.30 am (for 24 hours) while the next nine hours till 5.30 pm received 2.8 mm rainfall.” The humidity ranged between 87 % and 75 %.
Meanwhile, the civic bodies received as many as 21 complaints of water logging in various areas while two fallen trees were reported from Devli village in south Delhi and Kashmere Gate in north Delhi while several others saw branches falling off.