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November rain takes Capital by surprise

23.8 mm rain recorded so far this month.

delhi Updated: Nov 17, 2010 23:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

In Delhi, the month of November is known more for the nip in the air, signalling the arrival of winters, than for the heavy downpour the Capital witnessed on Wednesday.

The weatherman has predicted more rain in the next 24 hours and some fog in the morning, which could disrupt traffic.

A good part of Wednesday remained shrouded in dark clouds and mist thanks to cyclonic activity over Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, thus bringing about the sudden change in Delhi weather.

Starting around 11am, the overcast conditions persisted for three hours, before the skies finally opened up.

It rained heavily for almost a couple of hours in the afternoon, with the city recording 5.8 mm rain.

With vehicles stuck due to the heavy rains, traffic crawled on the Ring Road. Commuters had to bear the brunt of the ripple effect during the evening peak hours, too.

"It took me a good half hour to cross Naraina from Dhaula Kuan, thanks to waterlogging on the sides of the Ring Road near Mayapuri," said businessman Shailendra Kumar.

So far, Delhi has received 23.8 mm rain, which, by November's record, is significant. In the past 10 years, only 2005 and 2008 received this much rainfall, with November mostly remaining a dry month.

On November 13, the city received the bulk of this month's rainfall, when it poured 18 mm in one afternoon.

"This time, the low-pressure build-up in neighbouring areas is aiding the rainfall in Delhi," said a Met department official.

"November was turning into quite a warm month. I am glad that it rained and helped cool the city," said Arpita Narayan, a Delhi University student.

Following the rain, the maximum temperature dropped to 26 degrees Celsius, while humidity oscillated between 58 and 94%, the Met office said.

First Published: Nov 17, 2010 23:03 IST