Heavy rains lash Delhi, bring down temperature

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (PTI) Heavy showers accompanied by athunder squall lashed the city this afternoon, catching theresidents enjoying relatively warm weather unawares as themaximum temperature went down by three degree Celsius.

Rains started around 3.20 PM in several areas of thecapital and continued till late in the evening leading towaterlogging in various stretches.

The city received a total of 13.8 mm rainfall in 24 hourstill 8.30 PM, the MeT office said.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 26.4 degreeCelsius, while the minimum settled at 10.3 degree Celsius.

The rains brought down the maximum temperature in theevening to 14.4 degree Celcius, three degrees less thanyesterday''s recorded temperature by 8.30 PM.

Some parts of the city also experienced hailstorm.

Sudden shower caught the Delhiites unawares as they wereexperiencing relatively warmer weather for the past few days.

Though the morning was sunny, clouds and darknessdescended on the city along with rains, prompting motorists toswitch on the headlights of their vehicles.

Traffic was not affected much due to rains andwaterlogging as it was a Sunday and vehicular movement wasless on the roads.

A road near Aurobindo Marg in south Delhi caved in afterrains and vehicular movement became slow on the busyintersection. There was huge waterlogging under Minto Bridgeand two-wheelers were not allowed to ply there.

An MCD official said nine complaints of waterloggingwere reported from different parts of the city.

Among the areas were Malviya Nagar in South Zone, MeeraBagh underpass in West Zone and Minto Bridge in City Zone, hesaid.

Heavy winds at the IGI airport also briefly causedsome problems in movement of aircraft.

At around 1600 hours, a SpiceJet flight from Pune hadto make a go-around due to bad weather conditions, airportsources said.

The flight landed safely at 1617 hours.

Earlier, low visibility procedures were implemented atthe airport for about two hours, between 0700 hours and 0900hours, due to fog but there was no diversion, cancellation orre-scheduling of flights.

A total of 60 domestic and international flightsoperated with the help of Category I instrument landingsystem, an airport official said.

Sun had been shining very brightly for the past few daysin the capital and the lowest temperature was recorded at 10.0degree Celsius yesterday.

The first week of February saw the temperatures rise wellabove normal levels, but a spell of rain early last weekbrought the temperatures down.

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