After a long wait, the Southwest Monsoon finally reached Mumbai. The city had been receiving good rainfall for the past 24 hours and on and off rains are expected to continue in the coming days. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued a heavy rain alert in Uttarakhand and Himachal in next 48 hours. Declaring an Orange Alert for the two states, the IMD said there is possibility that both Kumaon and Garhwal region in Uttarakhand and Shimla and Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh will witness heavy rainfall for the next three days.
Predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall, the Met department has also issued a Red Alert for Sikkim and West Bengal. IMD officials have forecast heavy rainfall there (exceeding 12 cm everyday) for next 5 days.
Meanwhile, the IMD predicted heavy rain in drought-hit Vidarbha and Marathwada regions in the coming two days, even as it said about 90 per cent Maharashtra has been covered by monsoon. Heavy pre-monsoon showers and gusts of wind brought respite from scorching heat and humidity in the capital on Monday but disrupted traffic in several places.
Light to moderate rain was reported in almost every area of Delhi and the National Capital Region.
The temperature dropped from 38.4 degrees Celsius at 11.30 am to 26 degrees after the rains, an IMD official said. According to the weather office, 9.2 mm rain was measured between 11.30 am and 2.30 pm at Safdarjung and 3.2 mm rain in Lodhi Road region in south Delhi. Delhi witnessed the maximum 31 mm rain at Aya Nagar in south Delhi while Palam region closer to the airport recorded just 2.8 mm rain. "Light to moderate rain is expected in Delhi and NCR in next few hours," the Met office said.
The rains brought respite to people from the dragging warm weather. Many people came out of their homes to enjoy the showers. A few got to the roof tops to get drenched. "It was a much needed rain as the weather was becoming unbearable," said Yogesh Gupta, a resident of Karol Bagh in the heart of Delhi. Though the pre-monsoon showers made the weather pleasant, it derailed traffic movement across several stretches in the city. Showers lasting over half an hour on Monday afternoon brought much relief to the Gurgaon residents, but also led to water-logging and traffic snarls.
Waterlogging in both new and old Gurgaon, including several stretches on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, caused problems for local residents and commuters alike after the rain that began around noon.
Long traffic jams were witnessed at various points in the city. Traffic on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway (Delhi-Jaipur National Highway) was disrupted at the Hero Honda, Jharsa, Iffco and Shankar chowks (intersections) as service lanes were filled with rainwater. Traffic on both sides of the Gurgaon toll plaza (Kherki Daula) was also affected.