Delhi received the first showers of September as heavy rains lashed parts of the national capital on the second day of the month.
The moderate level downpour on Friday afternoon brought relief to the Delhi residents who have been reeling under a deficit monsoon. However, the blinding sun returned on Saturday morning.
While it was most parts of South Delhi that received rainfall, several areas including ITO, Shahdara, and India Gate too were drenched.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of Delhi. Thunderstorms with light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of isolated places of (India Gate, Akshardham, Nehru Stadium, Defence Colony, Lajpat Nagar), Jind (Haryana), Saharanpur, Deoband, Muzaffarnagar, Khatauli, Shikarpur, in next two hours, the IMD’s RWFC tweeted at 1.35 pm.
As a result of the rains, commuters faced heavy traffic on waterlogged roads.
The national capital saw a warm and humid morning on Friday.
The minimum temperature settled one notch above normal at 27.1 degrees Celsius.
By Saturday afternoon, the sky turned generally cloudy and a minimum temperature of 26.8 degrees Celsius was recorded.
According to the bulletin, there will be a cloudy sky throughout the day.
The relative humidity recorded at 8.30 am was 40 per cent, the bulletin said.
The air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded in the moderate (106) category around 9 am, data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) showed.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.
Weather experts attribute the lack of rainfall this month to the development of three low-pressure areas over the northwest Bay of Bengal, which pulled the monsoon trough over central India and prevented it from moving to the north for a long period.