Wet Delhi causes traffic snarls (Lead)

August 12th, 2011 - 10:16 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) Heavy showers in Delhi Friday led to a pleasant weather ahead of an extended weekend but caused huge traffic snarls. The maximum temperature was recorded at 30.1 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal.

“The city received 9.9 mm of rainfall from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Friday,” said the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The minimum temperature was a notch below average at 25.5 degrees Celsius while the humidity levels wavered between a high of 98 and a low of 82 percent.

According to Delhi Traffic Police, jams were reported from Mathura Road, Azad Market and several roads leading to Connaught Place in central Delhi; Ashram, Kalindi Kunj, Adhchini Road in south Delhi; Anand Parbat, Rohtak Road and Ashok Vihar in north Delhi; and many areas in west Delhi.

Several underpasses were flooded.

More rains are expected Saturday.

“The maximum and minimum temperature on Saturday will hover around 32 and 27 degrees Celsius,” added the official.

The city has received a total of 287.4 mm of rainfall this monsoon, which is 25 percent below average, he said.

Thursday’s maximum and minimum temperature was 32.8 degrees Celsius and 26.9 degrees Celsius respectively.

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