Heavy rain with thunder and lightning on Friday night lowered the temperature in the national capital, paving the way for a cool weekend. The rain, however, brought along with it the normal problems of waterlogging in different parts of the city, throwing traffic out of gear in certain places.
The Safdarjung observatory recorded a total of 17.2mm of rainfall. Areas near Gurgaon, Palam and Lodhi Road recorded much higher rain at 25mm, 27.8mm and 25.8mm, respectively.
With such heavy rainfall, waterlogging was reported from most areas of the city.
In central Delhi, waterlogging was seen in front of Pyarelal Bhawan (on Bahadurshah Zafar Marg), Buta Singh Roundabout and Minto Road. In south Delhi, waterlogging at Munirka, Katwaria Sarai, Ashram, Saket, Chirag Dilli, Moolchand metro station caused heavy traffic congestion.
The New Delhi Railway Station towards Paharganj police station was also choked. Similarly, in east Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar Market, waterlogging led to traffic jams. Also in the west, the Welcome Cut, Shahdara Mandi, Yamuna Marg witnessed traffic congestion due to waterlogging.
Water entered some metro stations in the city.
The rain caused due to western disturbances brought down the temperatures.
The maximum temperature was recorded seven notches below average at 25.9 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature settled at 17.0 degrees Celsius, a notch below average. The day’s humidity wavered between a high and low of 96 and 61 per cent.
As per a Met official, Sunday’s temperature is likely to hover around 30 and 17 degrees Celsius.
Sunday is likely to be cloudy, with no forecast of rain. “On general the skies will remain partly cloudy with mist in the morning,” the Met official said.
Rain lowers pollution levels
The wet spell not just gave Delhiites a respite from the heat, but also brought down pollution levels in the city ranked the world’s worst polluted by the World Health Organisation.
A comparative analysis of the real-time ambient air quality data of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee showed a significant drop in the level of pollution.
Online data recorded a level even lower than 60 microgramme/cubic metre (mcg/cu.m), which is the ambient air quality standard for PM2.5 set by the Central Pollution Control Board for dust, dirt, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter (PM10) which pose a health concern.
The WHO norm, however, is 25 mcg/cu.m.