Heavy rain in Delhi and its neighbouring cities on Tuesday led to waterlogging and traffic disruptions.
The Capital recorded 100 millimetres of rain over 24 hours, PTI reported, citing the India Meteorological Department. The minimum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung Observatory was 25 degrees Celsius, which was two notches below normal.
The India Meteorological Department’s afternoon bulletin said that parts of North Delhi will receive light rain.
A video showed cars and autorickshaws plying in a waterlogged area near Pragati Maidan, reported ANI. Auto drivers and two-wheeler riders were seen pulling their vehicles out of the water as buses waded through the streets.
Rain water was also seen entering inside a Delhi Transport Corporation bus in the Palam area of the Capital.
Roads in several parts of Gurugram were also flooded after the heavy downpour. Noida also received rain on Tuesday.
The rain is expected to improve Delhi’s air quality index.
“The overall air quality is in the lower side of the satisfactory category [AQI index between 51 and 100],” the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research or SAFAR said on Tuesday. “Rainfall activity in Delhi is likely to increase in the next two days. Increased rainfall activity will influence the AQI positively though the washout process. Satisfactory to good AQI is forecasted for the next three days.”
Haryana, Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Punjab are likely to receive heavy rain over the next two days, the weather department said. The weather department issued an orange alert for these states, asking authorities to stay prepared.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall is also likely to occur in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The weather department issued a red alert for Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand for Tuesday and Wednesday.