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Delhi's Sunday date with rain

delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2010 00:16 IST
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Sunday brought cheer to Delhiites as the rains kept the temperatures low in the city for the second consecutive day.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 32.8 degrees Celsius, a degree below normal for this time of the year, while the minimum was 24 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal, the weatherman said.

The Capital recorded 8.1 mm of rainfall since on Sunday morning. The Met department has predicted more rainfall for Monday.

Since Saturday, the city has recorded 62.7 mm of rain. The humidity levels remained on the higher side with a high of 97 per cent and a low of 61 per cent.

"This weekend has been amazing. Low temperatures and rainfall have made it highly enjoyable. I wish the weather remains the same in the coming week as well," said Karan Dogra, a resident of Mayur Vihar, who works in a multinational company.

The Met department has predicted low temperatures for Monday as well. "The maximum temperature on Monday is likely to be 32 degrees Celsius, while the minimum will be around 25 degrees Celsius," a Met official said.

"The city will see a generally cloudy sky with few spells of rain or thundershowers till Monday evening. Rainfall may be heavy in some areas of the capital," the official added.

According to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi , a total of 49 water logging complaints were received by the civic body's central control room from 2 p.m. on Saturday to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

In addition, 18 complaints of trees falling and eight complaints of falling building parts were received by the civic body.

Unlike Saturday, rainfall did not cause many traffic jams on Sunday, despite the persistent rain.

"I had expected traffic snarls today as it was raining since morning but surprisingly the traffic moved smoothly," said Bhavna Sharma, a BPO employee.

Saturday was the wettest day of the season for the national capital that recorded 62.5 mm rainfall. This season, the city has received a total 306.2 mm of rain — 7 per cent more than the average.