Monsoon rains on Sunday brought the much needed relief to Delhi and some NCR regions from soaring temperatures and humid conditions for the past few days.
The city recorded rainfall of 25.6 mm during the day, which brought down the mercury to a pleasant 27 degrees. The maximum temperature was recorded at 40.2 degree Celsius, while the humidity oscillated between 50 and 84 per cent.
But, with rain came water logging, which in turn caused traffic snarls in several areas. The city, however, was spared of weekday rush hour woes. The Met department has forecast partly cloudy sky with the possibility of rain or thundershowers in some parts of the city on Monday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to be 38 and 28 degree Celsius, respectively. Met officials said heavy rains are likely in the city from Wednesday — July 16 — onwards.
“Rainfall could occur in patches on Monday and will become scattered on Tuesday, but the temperature is likely to be around 38 degree Celsius. Humidity is expected to be around 80 per cent,” a Met official said. The Met Department had, on Saturday, predicted the arrival of monsoon from July 15. According to the department, pressure in Bay of Bengal has affected monsoon and there will be high humidity till July 14. It also said the present weather conditions is due to absence of clouds.
On Saturday, the maximum temperature in the city was 35.6 degrees Celsius, two degrees above normal. The humidity levels oscillated between 69-88 per cent. Delay in monsoon has adversely affected the supply and prices of several essential food commodities. After rise in the price of onions, the retail price for tomatoes has reached Rs 50 per kg in Delhi and NCR.