New Delhi: Heavy to very heavy rains considerably brought down temperature in North India even as it led to waterlogging and disruption of road traffic in Delhi and other metros and landslide on several stretches of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
However, experts said, rains would benefit farmers in the ongoing 'Kharif' season as plantation of such water-guzzling crop as paddy and others are on.
The national capital Saturday got 147.8 mm rains, the highest of season till now leading to waterlogging and traffic jams in many parts of the city.
Continuous showers led to further fall in mercury with the maximum temperature today settling at 26.5 degrees Celsius, nine notches below season's average, the lowest in July in the last 16 years.
"Delhi has received 147.8 mm rainfall, the highest of the season till now. However, no record has been broken," Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director BP Yadav said.
The minimum temperature settled four notches below the normal at 23 degrees Celsius.
The MeT department has predicted heavy showers at few places in the next 48 hours.
Commuters were stuck for long in the morning rush hour across the NCR and some of them took to social media to post pictures of water-logged and clogged roads.
Incessant rain for the last couple of days affected normal life across Uttarakhand today with roads in the hills blocked by debris from landslips.
Authorities deployed SDRF personnel on Char Dham and Mansarovar yatra routes to facilitate safe movement of pilgrims to and from the Himalayan shrines.
Widespread rains continued in vast swathes of Punjab and Haryana, bringing the mercury down even as waterlogging caused inconvenience.
Union Territory of Chandigarh got 46.9 mm rains. Ambala at 11.9 mm, Karnal 10 mm, Amritsar 1.6mm, Ludhiana 60.8 mm, and Patiala 5.5 mm.
Meanwhile, rains eased power situation as the demand dipped sharply in the two states with minimum temperature in many parts dropping several notches below normal.
Chandigarh recorded its minimum temperature at 22.8 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal.
In Haryana, Ambala, Hisar, Karnal, and Narnaul recorded minimums at 22, 25.3, 23 and 24.8 degrees Celsius, respectively.
In Punjab, the minimum of Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala settled at 24, 23.2 and 23.5 degrees Celsius respectively.
Moderate to very heavy rain and thundershowers were witnessed across Uttar Pradesh even as Mathura recorded the highest amount of rainfall at 14 cm.