Heavy rains lash Delhi again:waterlogging,traffic jams in many areas

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New Delhi, Jun 16 (UNI) Heavy rains lashed Delhi on the second day of the Monsoon, maintaining the coolness in the air while throwing life out of gear.

A day after the monsoons hit the capital, two weeks ahead of schedule, heavy showers hit the city again during the afternoon.

The showers maintained the coolness in the air that was brought about by the first Monsoon rains yesterday.

Even though the humity prevailed at a high level of 98 per cent, the showers and Westerly winds kept the maximum temperature at 28.6 degrees Celsius, eleven degrees below normal.

Earlier in the morning, the minimum temperature dropped, from 27.8 degrees yesterday, to 25.7 degree, three degrees below normal.

While cooling down the city, the showers also threw life in the city out of gear.

Though just 12 mm of rainfall was recorded till 1730 hrs, it neverthless caused traffic jams and waterlogging in several areas.

Traffic bottlenecks were witnessed on busy traffic intersections like the ITO crossing, Nizamuddin bridge, Lajpat Nagar, Model Town and Azadpur.

With the monsoon having arrived in Delhi, more heavy showers are likely to occur in the next four to five days, the weathermen said.

''The current meteorological analysis suggests widespread rainfall, with heavy to very heavy showers over the western Himalayan region and the Northern plains during next three days,'' the Met office said.

Infact, they have also forecast isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Orissa in the coming days.

South West monsoon arrived in the national capital and other parts of Northwest India yesterday, two weeks ahead of its scheduled date of arrival of June 29.

A total of 32 mm rainfall was recorded till 0830 hrs.

The Met office has forecast a generally cloudy sky in Delhi during the next 24 hours with rain and thundershowers, few of which could be heavy.

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