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Rain in Delhi brings temperature down, more relief likely

Heavy rainfall lashed parts of Delhi on Thursday, slowing down traffic on several roads during the morning rush hour. The meteorological department expects more rain over the next two days.

delhi Updated: Aug 24, 2018 02:58 IST
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The Ridge area received nearly 70mm of rain during the same time. Mungeshpur, close to Delhi-Haryana border in northwest Delhi and Najafgarh, also received close to 70mm of rain. (PTI)

Heavy rainfall lashed parts of Delhi on Thursday, slowing down traffic on several roads during the morning rush hour. The meteorological department expects more rain over the next two days.

“Heavy rain lashed parts of Delhi, like the Ridge area, while other areas received light to moderate rain. We are expecting more light to moderate rainfall over the next two days. In some places, there could be one or two spells of heavy rain,” said BP Yadav, deputy director general of India Meteorological Department.

Safdarjung area, considered to be a representative of Delhi’s weather, received just around 5mm of rain between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon, Palam received around 4 mm.

However, the Ridge area received nearly 70mm of rain during the same time. Mungeshpur, close to Delhi-Haryana border in northwest Delhi and Najafgarh, also received close to 70mm of rain.

Officials said the monsoon trough, which triggers rain wherever it passes through, is presently over Delhi. A cyclonic circulation is also pulling moisture-laden easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal. “But as both systems are weak, we don’t expect widespread heavy rainfall across the NCR,” Yadav added.

While Delhi usually receives around 477.5mm of rain between July 1 and August 23, this year the city has received around six per cent less rain. The total rainfall recorded in Delhi between July 1 and August 23 this year is 448.4mm. Monsoon had hit Delhi on June 28, a day before its scheduled arrival date.

“We still have time. Monsoon usually withdraws from Delhi by the third week of September. Till now, we have not seen any withdrawal symptoms,” said Yadav.

The rain also helped to bring down the temperature on Thursday. The day temperature, which had shot up to nearly 37 degrees Celsius on August 21, dropped to around 32 degrees, at least two degrees below normal. The minimum temperature was 27.2 degrees, a notch above normal.

Meanwhile, a portion of a building collapsed at Bhajanpura in east Delhi due to the rainfall. No one was injured. Waterlogging, however, was reported from several parts of the city, prompting the traffic police to issue advisories on which roads to avoid.

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 02:58 IST