New Delhi/UNI: The India Meteorological Department has announced the onset of the southwest monsoon over Delhi following which rainfall lashed the city and its adjoining areas Thursday morning.
"Southwest Monsoon has advanced into entire Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, some parts of Rajasthan, whole of Delhi, some parts of Punjab and Haryana on Thursday, the 30th June, 2022" IMD Tweeted.
The national capital has an ‘orange’ alert in place, with the Met department forecasting moderate rainfall across the city, accompanied by gusty winds of 35-45 km/hr, through the day.
As per the India Meteorological Department, the minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 27.6 degree Celsius, which is the normal season's average temperature.
"The relative humidity at 8:30 am settled at 80 percent" as per the IMD.
The maximum temperature in the city is likely to hover around 35 during the daytime, as the IMD predicted a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain and thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds.
Delhi Traffic Police on Thursday issued an advisory for road commuters.
"As per IMD report, "Thunderstorms with light to moderate intensity rain and gusty winds' would occur over and adjoining areas of the entire Delhi. Commuters are advised to plan their journey accordingly," tweeted Delhi Traffic Police.
"Commuters coming from shooting Range side may take left turn from Lal Kuan Red Light and commuters coming from Badarpur side may take Mathura Road to reach their destination. Inconvenience is regretted" traffic police tweeted.
It said, traffic advisory movement of traffic has been restricted at Railway underpass Pul Prahladpur. Both the carriageways are closed due to waterlogging.
Heavy rainfall in the city led to traffic snarls in various parts of the city. ITO, Barapullah, Ring Road and the capital borders, specially Delhi-Noida border, Chilla Border, UP Gate, Delhi-Gurugram road experienced heavy traffic due to rain.
Waterlogging was also 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.
Meanwhile, the city has received just 24.5 mm of rainfall against the normal 66.7 mm since June 1, all of it being recorded during Jun 16-20.