Rain drives away heat but brings traffic jams

Rain drives away heat but brings traffic jams

Monsoon showers on Saturday caused a drop in temperatures, bringing relief to resident of Delhi. But it also led to waterlogging and traffic problems in the city.

The rain guages measured 0.30 mm of rains during the day till 5.30 pm, while it was 40.10 mm between 6 pm on Friday and 8.30 am on Saturday.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 30.30 degree Celsius, six degree below normal, while the minimum temperature settled at 23.20 degree Celsius, four notches below normal.

The central control room of the three municipal corporations received 42 complaints of waterlogging in the last 24 hours. Calls were coming in even till 3 pm on Saturday.

There were 33 complaints of falling trees and 13 cases of wall collapse or portions of buildings falling off.

This is the first time in the last one month that minimum temperature has fallen below normal levels. Monsoon finally hit the Capital on Friday after missing the normal onset date of June 29.

Last year, monsoon reached the city on June 26, while in the year before, it was delayed till July 5.

The showers on Friday had also triggered waterlogging and traffic snarls across the city, exposing chinks in the preparations of the civic bodies and the city government to tackle the problem.

The earliest onset of monsoon in Delhi during the last 30 years was on June 15, 2008. The most delayed onset was recorded on July 26, 1987, according to the Met department.

If the city gets 645.70 mm of rains, it is considered normal. But this June, Delhi received only one-sixth of rains.

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