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Rain brings relief to Delhi after dry patch

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 28, 2014
First Published: 21:36 IST(28/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:28 IST(28/8/2014)

Sheets of rain poured down in Delhi, ending a 10-day dry patch and bringing down the temperatures on Thursday.

The Safdarjung station, which is considered the official observatory for Delhi, 6.4 mm of rain was recorded during the day. The rain was heavier at the Palam station, where 24.6 mm of rain was recorded. At the Najafgarh station, 20 mm of rain was recorded and 16.4 mm of rain was recorded at the Ridge.

Water logging and traffic jams, however, took away from the relief that the city got after 10 rainless days.

Major traffic holdups were experienced on the ring road, Greater Kailash, Aurobindo Marg and Moti Bagh. In the evening, commuters had to wait for long durations around Teen Murti, Vasant Vihar and South Extension. Ashram Chowk was the worst affected as commuters were stuck for hours.

Residents of GK Part 1 and 2, Kailash Colony, Vasant Kunj and Dwarka also experienced power outages.

The last time the city received rain was 10 days back when barely 0.4 mm of rain was recorded.

The maximum temperature too dropped by six notches, from a maximum of 37.2 degrees at around 2 pm to 31 degrees at 4 pm.

This August has been exceptionally dry for Delhi, with the city receiving only 59.4 mm of rain till Thursday as opposed to the 235 mm that it was supposed to get till date. The maximum temperature, too, has broken a 23-year record in the absence of rain.

According to the weatherman, the city will receive light rain for the next three days and the temperatures will remain below 36 degrees.

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