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Rain ends dry spell in Chandigarh, mercury dips

According to officials at the India Meteorological Centre (IMD), Chandigarh, monsoon is expected to pick up over the next couple of days.

punjab Updated: Jul 22, 2018 11:35 IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Commuters manoeuvring through a waterlogged street in Chandigarh. (HT Photo)

After a brief dry spell, the Chandigarh tricity received 16.8mm rain in a span of about two hours on Saturday.

The showers were uneven across various areas in the tricity, as the rains this year have been since the advent of monsoon on June 28. The area around Chandigarh International Airport recorded 29mm rainfall.

The rain had a cooling effect on the tricity, bringing down the maximum temperature from 36.5 degrees on Friday to 34.7 degrees on Saturday.

However, the overcast sky had the opposite effect on minimum temperature as it rose to 28.3 degrees on Saturday as compared to 27.8 degrees on Friday. Humidity hovered between 69% and 89%.

According to officials at the India Meteorological Centre (IMD), Chandigarh, monsoon is expected to pick up over the next couple of days.

“According to the forecast for Punjab and Haryana, Sunday will see rain over most places (76-100%) in both the states. Thereafter, rains will slow down in many places (51-75%) in Haryana. In Punjab, rain will decrease in a few places (26-50%) Tuesday onwards,” IMD officials said, adding that there was a possibility of at least one spell of heavy rain, ranging between 64.5mm and 124.4mm, in the coming days.

With this, the maximum temperature was expected to fall over the next three days and hit the 30 degree mark on Tuesday. Minimum temperature will stay around 26 degrees over the course of the next three days.

Waterlogging woes return

The showers on Saturday brought along waterlogging woes for commuters across the tricity. The roundabouts along Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg in Chandigarh were among the worst hit.

But even as many traffic lights stopped functioning, most traffic cops, including DSP-rank officials and inspectors, were busy attending a briefing by SSP traffic Shashank Anand at the Traffic Lines auditorium, Sector 29.

A policewoman revealed that they remained understaffed throughout the day, leading to complaints of snarls as several traffic lights stopped working due to the rain.

First Published: Jul 22, 2018 11:33 IST