Residents of Noida and Ghaziabad witnessed moderate showers on Monday afternoon with the maximum temperature in the two cities dropping to 35 and 34 degrees Celsius, respectively. The weatherman has said the temperature will hover between 34 and 37 degrees Celsius until Wednesday.
The minimum temperature in Noida was 28 degrees Celsius and 27 degrees Celsius in Ghaziabad.
Officials of the India Meteorological Department said the showers are expected to continue till Wednesday after which the weather might become clear.
“Chances of rain with strong winds and thunderstorm in the late afternoon and evening are high in Noida and Ghaziabad on Tuesday as well. Skies might be clearer by Wednesday evening,” said RK Jenamani, director –in-charge, IGI Airport Meteorological Department.
Jenamani said the wind speed on Monday was 75 kmph. He further said the mercury is not expected to go higher than 39 degrees Celsius over the week.
“This fresh spell of rain will restrict the mercury from soaring beyond 39 degrees Celsius till Thursday. Humidity levels also decreased from 60 percent on Sunday to 40 percent on Monday,” said Jenamani.
Though the rains gave residents a much needed respite from the heat, it also brought with them the nuisance of waterlogging.
“Though heavy rain lasted only an hour — from around 2 pm to 3 pm — drizzling continued till evening. This resulted in waterlogging in many parts of the city leading to traffic chaos,” said Anil Kumar, traffic inspector, Ghaziabad.
“Heavy jam for over two hours was witnessed at Mohan Nagar as waterlogging created havoc at Karhera intersection. Vasundhara intersection also saw chaos as water filled the roads in many places,” he said.
Commuters were stuck in jams in Noida as well.
“Traffic moved at snail’s pace in Sector 18 and since we were on a bike, we had no choice but to enjoy the rains. We reached home late,” said Ruchir Kumar, a commuter.
Power cuts were reported in Noida after a tree fell on the main road in Sector 52. Though no damage was reported, the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) had to shut down supply for safety purposes.
“In Sector 11, power went off for four hours and we could not understand the reason. UPPCL officials did not pick the phone and we presumed that the power cut was because of strong wind and rains,” said Suresh Krishnan of Sector 11.