Heavy monsoon showers lashed the national Capital on Tuesday leading to waterlogging in several parts and throwing the morning peak-hour traffic out of gear. Waterlogging at the busy ITO junction, Bhairon Road near Purana Qila, IIT, Adhchini, Lajpat Nagar and Greater Kailash areas led to long traffic snarls as office-goers and students had a harrowing time reaching their work places and schools.
The weather office said the city received 20.6 mm of rainfall between 8:30 am and 11:30 am. Mercury dipped marginally as rains lashed the city bringing relief to Delhiites who had been experiencing sultry weather over the past couple of days.
As the city began receiving rains at about 8:30 am, the mercury began its downward spiral from 29 degrees Celsius to reach 27 degrees by 11:30 am.
"It took me at least three hours to reach office almost double the time it normally takes. The traffic situation was very bad," said Seema, who travels from Indira Puram in Ghaziabad to Nehru Place in south-west Delhi.
The weatherman has forecast cloudy skies with rains or thundershowers for the next two days. Light to heavy rain was recorded in various parts of Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, East Rajasthan, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.