Rain in Delhi, more today

The skies opened up and it rained finally in the capital on Friday, bringing relief to a parched city after days of watching the dark clouds play truant. Rains have been predicted for Saturday as well.

The city received a total of 12 mm of rainfall from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Friday. Most people came out of their homes of offices or on to terraces to welcome the rain.

T hough traffic was slow, especially on flyovers due to cars slowing down with the rain water collecting at the base, no one complained.

According to the Delhi Police, slow traffic and waterlogging led to jams in some parts of the city. The worst affected were August Kranti Marg, Arjun Nagar, Nehru Place, Andrews Ganj, Siri Fort auditorium in south Delhi, Mori Gate and Chirag Dilli in central Delhi and Tis Hazari in north Delhi.

The day’s maximum temperature was 35.3 degrees, a notch above average, while the minimum was 28.7 degrees, two notches above average. The humidity levels wavered between a high of 87 and a low of 62 percent.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the capital will get rains again on Saturday. The national capital has seen a rain-deficit of 64 per cent this season. Thursday’s maximum and minimum temperatures settled a notch above the average at 33.2 and 27.7 degrees.

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