Monsoon hits capital, rains lash Delhi, NCR

Minimum temperature still above average

New Delhi.

Rains lashed Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday with the minimum temperature being recorded at 28 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average, the Met said.

It was heavily cloudy morning. The rain started around 9.30 a.m., bringing relief from the humidity which was recorded at 88 per cent at 8.30 a.m.

“The sky will remain mostly cloudy throughout the day. There is possibility of scattered showers in most parts of the National Capital Territory,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The maximum temperature was expected to hover around 34 degrees Celsius.

Tuesday’s maximum temperature settled at 36.7 degrees Celsius, two notches above season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 28.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.

While the rains did come as a relief for residents of NCR who have been battling hot and humid conditions for days, it caught many on the road unawares. Motorists and pedestrians rushed to take cover just as the heavy downpour began.

Traffic too took a minor hit – especially on routes between Delhi and Noida. Traffic police had already issued an advisory for motorists to avoid the DND flyway due to VIP movement between 1600hrs and 1900hrs.

There were unconfirmed reports of chocker points around Ashram flyover, South Extension and Munirka as well.

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