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Record rain lashes Delhi

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‘It’s likely to stay strong all through today’

The Capital experienced its wettest day in 61 years on Tuesday with heavy rain, thunder and lightning accompanied by hail, ceaselessly lashing the city for several hours. The downpour, which increased in intensity as Monday night wore on, recorded 46 mm of rainfall by 8-30 a.m. on Tuesday after which the city experienced another 11.2 mm by 5-30 p.m., making the total rainfall a record 57.2 mm.

“The last time it rained like this in February was in 1942, and the rain recorded then was 10 mm,” said Mr. Doraiswamy, an India Metrological Department official. He said that western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir as well as the cyclonic circulation that was still in the process of adjusting over north Rajasthan was responsible for the freak weather.

Some parts of the city experienced higher rainfall than the rest, with the Ridge recording 59 mm of rain.

According to the IMD, the rain was likely to stay strong all through Wednesday. “The temperature is going to come down substantially and heavy fog is likely to descend on the city which will remain until February 10,” added Mr. Doraiswamy. The IMD has also issued a warning of hail and squall for some areas.

The maximum temperature rested at 18.6 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal for this time of the year. The minimum was 13.5 degree Celsius, five degrees above normal but the heavy and constant wind added to the chill. “We felt it was colder, even though the actual temperature was higher. The wind was so strong that when I took a walk around my office, my muffler almost flew off,” said an office-goer in Connaught Place.

Traffic woes and water-logging added to the general gloom. Many reported that the traffic lights didn’t work. Water puddles in the road and soggy mud saw several scrapped knees.

Vehicular movement was affected across the city including ITO, Vikas Marg, South Extension, Mahipalpur, Hari Nagar, IIT crossing to Adchini, Moti Bagh, Yusuf Sarai Market and Munirka. Areas like Badarpur border, Wazirpur Industrial Area, Ashok Vihar, Laxmi Nagar, Mahipalpur, ITO, Bhogal, Jungpura, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Dhaula Kuan, Janakpuri, Patel Nagar, Khajurikhas and Moolchand also witnessed heavy traffic snarls during the peak rush in the morning.

Areas like Karol Bagh, Civil Lines, Najafgarh and Narela reported water-logging.

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