Rains break seven-decade record in Delhi

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 6 2013, 03:04am hrs
Heavy showers lashed New Delhi breaking a seven-decade record for highest rainfall in a single day in February and triggering massive traffic jams due to waterlogging across the city today.

The rain gauges measured 46 mm of rainfall from 8:30 AM yesterday till this morning. In total, Delhi received 57.1 mm of rainfall till 5:30 PM today.

"Delhi received 46 mm of rainfall in 24 hours ending 8:30 AM which is the highest rainfall in a single day in the month of February in the last 70 years," Met Department Director B P Yadav said.

According to Met figures, the city had received 104.1 mm of rainfall on February 21, 1942 which is the highest single-day rainfall in recorded history. On February 11, 2007, Delhi had received 40.4 mm of rainfall.

The Met office said the city is likely to receive more rains in the next couple of days. The minimum temperature was recorded at 13.5 degrees, five notches above normal but the windchill factor led to cold conditions.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 18.6 degrees which is four degrees below normal.

Heavy overnight rains, accompanied by thunderstorms, resulted in waterlogging in areas across the city and office goers and school students faced lot of inconvenience because of traffic jams.

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 such as 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.

The situation was compounded by non-functioning traffic lights in various areas. Waterlogging was reported from the carriageway from Naraina to Dhaula Kuan on Ring road , Najafgarh and Mehrauli-Badarpur road.

The Met department said cloudy weather conditions are likely to continue for the next couple of days. It said minimum and maximum temperatures are likely to be around 12 and 19 degree celsius respectively tomorrow.

Record rainfall across north India

Moderate to heavy rains lashed north India today, disrupting normal life while a fresh bout of snowing in hill states cut off many high altitude areas.

Rains also lashed Rajsthan, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh as well as hill states of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, which received snowfall in the higher reaches.

It was a wet day in Kashmir as rains continued to lash Srinagar and other parts of the Valley along with snowfall at several places for the second day running.

Night temperatures across the Valley dipped further with Srinagar recording a low of 1.6 degrees Celsius as against the previous night's 2.2 degrees. The summer capital received 12mm rainfall during the night.

Gulmarg got a foot of fresh snowfall as well as 17mm rainfall and recorded a low of -5 degrees Celsius, same as the previous night.

In Himachal Pradesh, the higher reaches continued to receive heavy snowfall while the middle and lower hills were lashed by intermittent heavy rain and sleet accompanied by icy, strong velocity winds.

The heavy snowfall aggravated the avalanche threat and people in the high-altitude areas have been advised to stay indoors till the weather improved.

The rain and sleet, on the other hand, triggered numerous landslides which rendered several interior areas cut off from the rest of the state.

Road access to the tourist resort of Manali, too, was blocked after it received 60cm snow in the last 48 hours while traffic was curtailed on the Hindustan-Tibet National Highway.

Uttarakhand, too, was in for inclement weather as widespread showers in the plains and heavy snowfall in the higher reaches for the second consecutive day pushed down temperatures in the state.

Tehri received the highest rainfall in the state of 61.8mm followed by Dehradun and Mussoorie which recorded 43.2mm and 30mm, respectively.

Mukteshwar shivered at 1.2 degrees Celsius and the MeT office predicted similar weather conditions over the coming days, adding that temperatures could see a further drop of 4-5 degrees.

In the plains, moderate to heavy rainfall was reported in many places in western Uttar Pradesh and some places in the eastern districts with Muzaffarnagar recording 12cm rainfall followed by 7cm each in Bijnore, Hamirpur and Unnao.

Several places in Punjab and Haryana, too, complained of waterlogging and traffic snarls after being lashed by rains while minimum temperatures rose by up to eight notches above normal across both states.

Chandigarh received rainfall of 11.5mm and recorded a minimum of 13.1 degrees Celsius, which was up six notches from the normal.

Rajasthan, too, reported overnight showers with Pilani receiving 15.1mm rainfall followed by Ajmer and Jodhpur with 12.4 and 12.2mm, respectively.