Heavy rains lash Delhi for 2nd day; rain cause jams, waterlogging

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New Delhi, Aug 5 (UNI) Heavy rains lashed the Capital city for the second consecutive day today, plummeting the mercury while throwing life out of gear.

A day after the Capital recorded the highest rainfall for a single day this monsoon at 74 mm, Delhiites were caught unawares by a spell of heavy shower in the morning.

The rains, which hit the city at around 0830 hrs, brought down the minimum temperature to 25 degree Celsius, two degrees below normal.

The maximum temperature also dropped, from 34 Degree Celsius yesterday, to 31.8 Degree C, two degrees below normal.

A total of 14 mm rain was recorded between 0830 hrs and 1130 hrs.

While bringing down the mercury, the showers also caught office- goers in Delhi unawares. The heavy downpour caused traffic jams and waterlogging in many areas.

Traffic bottlenecks were witnessed at the ITO Crossing, Ghazipur crossing, Nizamuddin Crossing, Ashram crossing, Azadpur and several other junctions. Complaints of waterlogging were received from many areas like Palam, Model Town, South Extension and Lajpat Nagar.

According to the Municipal corporation of Delhi, 77 waterlogging complaints were recieved from across the city.

The Capital could receive more rainfall in the coming days with Weatherman forecasting one or two spells of rain in the next 24 hours.

Also, the weekend could see some heavy spell of rainfall with Weatherman forecasting formation of a fresh low pressure area over Northwest Bay of Bengal in about four days.

''A fresh low pressure area is likely to form over Northwest and adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal around August 9,'' the Met office said.

The Met office has forecast a generally cloudy sky during the next 24 hours with a few more spells of rainfall with one or two heavy spells.

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