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Rain lashes Capital, harasses commuters

india Updated: Mar 04, 2011 00:13 IST
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Incessant rain brought the day temperature down on Thursday even as daily commuters faced a harrowing time due to unending traffic snarls across the Capital.

It rained a good 2.1 mm the whole day, the rainfall distributed evenly all over the city.

"Many of us reached office late because the rain had slowed down the traffic, even the Gurgaon Expressway was jammed," said Sahil Kumar, who works for a telecom company in Gurgaon.

But the good news is that the spell is about to end in another day, the weatherman said.

While the forecast is of "rain and thudershowers" on Friday, the duty officer at the regional weather office in Delhi said the weekend might see sunny skies.

"The trend causing this downpour and gloominess has weakened considerably," he said.

The day temperatures were within 20.3 degrees Celsius, as much as six degrees below normal. The weatherman said usually March sees the maximum temperature touch the 30-mark by this time of the season.

With winds stinging the Capital all day long, the "felt temperature" was much lower. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 14.0 degrees Celsius, just about a notch lower than what is normal for this time of the year.

"It does not feel like March at all," said Sunita Anand, a Mayur Vihar resident.

"Traditionally in Delhi, Holi marks the end of winter. This time Holi is almost at the end of the month - on March 20. "If the wintry weather continues to remain the same till then, who knows, we might have a delayed summer as well," said Arun Kumar, a Lajpat Nagar resident.

The temperature on Friday is likely to remain similar to Wednesday's - between 14 and 23 degrees Celsius, the weatherman predicted.