Life in Gurgaon

Heavy rain leaves Gurugram inundated, more in store

Source: Hindustan Times

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Residents can keep their umbrellas handy as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted moderate to heavy rains this week. According to the weatherman, the city is likely to experience intermittent showers of medium to heavy intensity till Saturday, at least. The maximum temperature is expected to stay in the range of 30°C to 32°C.

“Wednesday will see a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of showers. Such weather is likely to continue till Saturday,” said an IMD spokesperson.

Sudden and heavy rainfall hit parts of Gurugram around 4pm, on Tuesday, resulting in waterlogging at various places, including the AIT Chowk. Traffic police officials said that the rain had a minor effect on traffic at most spots as they deployed marshals to manoeuvre traffic.

Some areas also received light showers.

“It rained quite heavily and suddenly late Tuesday afternoon. Street vendors and motorists had to run for cover. The rains didn’t stop for over an hour, leaving some parts of my the city waterlogged,” said Mohit Desai, a resident of DLF Phase 3.

Though the IMD does not record rainfall in Gurugram, the Palam observatory in Delhi, which according to the MeT department officials is a close representation of Gurugram’s weather, received 12mm rainfall.

On Tuesday, the say temperature was recorded at 32° C and the minimum temperature was 26° C.

Between Monday and Tuesday, rains helped improved the city’s air quality with PM2.5 concentration dropping to 70.31ug/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre of air).

This is still above the daily average safe limit of 60 ug/m3, according to the Central Pollution Control Board’s national ambient air quality standards.