Heavy rains lash Delhi, waterlogging leads to traffic congestions

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New Delhi: Heavy rains lashed several parts of the national capital on Saturday, causing waterlogging and traffic snarls on major intersections in the city.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 23.5 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, while the maximum settled at 29.4 degrees Celsius, five notches below the season’s average, the meteorological department said.

Humidity oscillated between 100 and 80 per cent.

The Safdarjung observatory, the recording of which is considered official for the city, recorded 23.2 mm rainfall.

Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar received 7.6 mm, 18.1 mm, 21.2 mm and 3.7 mm rainfall respectively between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.

According to the Delhi Traffic Police, the traffic was affected on Mathura road, Shershah road, Mathura road to Bhairon road, Purana quila road, Bihari colony, Maharashi Raman marg, Teen Murti lane, 11 Murti and Girdhari Lal Goswami Marg near post office due to excessive waterlogging.

“Waterlogging was reported at Lajpat Nagar market, Pant Nagar bus stand and IP Marg near police headquarters. The traffic movement was closed on Bhairon road both ways due to waterlogging,” a police official said.

The weatherman has forecast generally cloudy sky with few spells of light to moderate rain or thundershowers with the maximum and minimum temperatures likely to settle around 30 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively.