Delhi rains.

(Rajesh Mehta / BCCL, Delhi)

While most parts of India had begun to enjoy the monsoonal rains since early- and mid-June, the national capital continued to endure sweltering temperatures. Troubled by the heat, several netizens from Delhi had been venting their frustrations and counting days until monsoon’s arrival on social media. Now, it looks like the rain gods have finally answered their prayers and how!

Just yesterday, on June 29, Delhi’s Safdarjung observatory recorded a daytime temperature of 40.9°C and zero precipitation. And just 24 hours later, heavy rains have lashed several parts of Delhi-NCR in the morning and brought the mercury down to 27.6°C. One thing is for sure; the monsoons certainly know how to make an entrance.

Parts of the city that got drenched in the morning rains included East of Kailash, Burari, Shahdara, Patparganj, ITO crossing, India Gate, Barapullah, Ring Road, Delhi-Noida border and Delhi-Gurgaon roads.

Naturally, these sudden heavy spells of rains resulted in waterlogging and traffic congestion.

Waterlogging was reported near Pragati Maidan, Delhi-Meerut Expressway near Vinod Nagar, Pul Prahaladpur underpass, IP Estate in front of WHO building, under Zakhira flyover, Jahangirpuri Metro station, Loni Road roundabout and Azadpur market underpass. Gurgaon experienced some flooding as well.

The Delhi Traffic Police has since issued several advisories on social media, warning commuters of the rainfall activity and subpar conditions on the road.

Furthermore, due to the intense rain, two flights headed for Delhi have also been diverted, while several others have been delayed. An IndiGo flight was diverted to Jaipur, while an Air India flight was sent to Amritsar. Airlines have requested that customers monitor flight status and keep enough time in hand to get to the airport on time.

From here on, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rainfall in parts of the city on Thursday and moderate rains on Friday. Weather experts suggest the monsoon will yield good rainfall in the first ten days and help make up for the rain deficit Delhi has recorded in June.

Meanwhile, Twitteratis have been busy posting pictures and videos of the rain-soaked city on Twitter.


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