Heavy rains cool Delhi again, mercury drops to 5yr low of 25.2 deg

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New Delhi, May 21 (UNI) Delhiites, tryst with cool climes continued for the third consecutive day today with the mercury plummeting to a five-year low of 25.2 degrees Celsius after heavy rains and thundershowers lashed city again this morning.

While bringing down the mercury, the rain and thundershowers also threw the traffic in the city out of gear, causing traffic jams in several areas, especially during the morning hours.

The heavy showers, which lashed the city later last night and continued till this afternoon, brought down maximum temperature in the city, from 35 degrees Celsius yesterday, to 25.2 degrees Celsius, sixteen degrees below normal.

Weathermen said it was the lowest temperature recorded in the city in the month of May in the last five years.

The rains, which were accompanied by strong thundershowers, also brought down the minimum temperature to 20.3 degrees Celsius, five degrees below normal.

Over 50 mm of rainfall was recorded in the city since last night, of which 36.9 mm was recorded till 0830 hrs while 13.7 mm rain was recorded between 0830 hrs and 1730 hrs.

The rains also caused huge traffic jams in several areas, especially on busy intersections like Ghazipur crossing in east Delhi, ITO flyover, Nizamuddin flyover and Azadpur crossing.

There was also heavy waterlogging in many areas including Palam colony and Ghazipur.

The rainy and cool spell could continue for the next few days with weathermen forecasting a generally cloudy sky in Delhi during the next 24 hours with one or two spells of rain and thundershowers.

They have also forecast a maximum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius tomorrow.

Delhi has been witnessing a rainy spell since the last weekend with medium to heavy rains hitting the city for the last few days.

The rainfall and thundershowers have brought down mercury in the city and provided much needed respite to Delhiites from the scorching Summer heat.

With the rain Gods showering their bounty on Delhi, the power situation also remained comfortable.

The 2465 MW Peak time power demand was successfully met at 1124 hrs today. Delhi overdrew 370 MW. No load shedding was effected, a Delhi government spokesperson said.

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