Delhi temperature drops to lowest in 12 years after rains

 Scattered rains led to a fall in mercury in the national capital today with the maximum temperature settling at 27.9 degrees Celsius, seven notches below season's average, the lowest in July in the last 12 years.

New Delhi: Scattered rains led to a fall in mercury in the national capital today with the maximum temperature settling at 27.9 degrees Celsius, seven notches below season's average, the lowest in July in the last 12 years.

Commuters faced problems with water logging in several areas due to which traffic snarls were witnessed in places like Dhaula Kuan, Ashram, Nehru Place, Panchsheel, Mahipalpur near the Indira Gandhi International airport and ITO junction.

Vehicular movement was slow in Amar Colony, Okhla, Wazirabad areas and on National Highway 8 even as many areas in east Delhi were virtually under water.

The minimum temperature was recorded a notch below normal at 26.2 degrees Celsius, a MeT department official said.

"Due to intermittent rains, the maximum temperature today settled at at 27.9 degrees Celsius, lowest in month of July since July, 2003, when the maximum temperature had plunged to 27.8 degrees Celsius," said Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director BP Yadav.

The Safdarjung observatory, the official reading for the city, received 7.9 mm rainfall from 8.30 AM till 5.30 PM whereas areas under Palam, Ridge, Ayanagar and Lodhi road recorded 14 mm, 7.9 mm, 39.7 mm and 8.0 mm rainfall respectively in the same period.

Humidity in air oscillated between 95 and 78 per cent.

Due to heavy, sporadic rain in the last 5 days, Delhi has received close to 50 mm rainfall with forecast of more rain over the weekend.

The weatherman predicted more rains for tomorrow.

"The skies will generally be cloudy. Rain or thundershowers would occur in some areas. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to settle at 32 and 23 degrees respectively," said the weatherman.

Yesterday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 33.4 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 25.2 degrees Celsius.

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