Mercury slips after heavy rains, more rains expected (Second Lead)

August 29th, 2012 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Incessant rains over the last two days brought a sharp decline in the capital’s maximum temperature to 31.2 degrees Celsius Wednesday, which was three notches below the season’s average. More rainfall is expected Thursday.

“Light rains or thundershowers are expected in the city Thursday. Maximum and minimum temperatures would hover around 32 and 24 degrees Celsius,” an official from India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

While the monsoon in the region would last till Sep 20, in the last 24 hours, the capital has received the season’s heaviest downpour of 59.9 mm.

“A cyclonic development over the National Capital Region triggered incessant rains with dense clouds. This would continue for two days after which it will head towards Uttar Pradesh and Nepal,” the IMD official added.

Early morning showers Wednesday led to chaos in the city with people having to wade through knee-deep water in several areas, water seeping into basements, and traffic caught in jams on key roads.

The Delhi Traffic Police started issuing alerts on social networking sites and its website asking people to avoid rain-affected routes.

Traffic officials said there were reports of snarls from nearly all parts of the city.

The worst affected areas were Wazirpur and Ashok Vihar, Ashram Chowk, Moolchand flyover, Nehru Place, IIT crossing, Yusuf Sarai and Kashmere Gate.

The minimum temperature Wednesday settled at 23.6 degrees Celsius, a notch below the average, while the humidity recorded was 100 percent.

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