New Delhi: The national capital witnessed intermittent to heavy rain on Monday morning, with the minimum temperature plunging five notches below average for this time of the year to 23.5 degrees Celsius.

The Met department forecast rain for the next 24 hours to Tuesday morning. Commuters faced traffic snarls in parts of the city as major roads got waterlogged due to poor drainage.

With traffic signals failing and several streets turning near rivulets, traffic got slowed down at many places. Slow traffic movement was witnessed at Subroto Park and Panchsheel Park in south Delhi and Anand Parbat in north Delhi as well in Outer Ring Road, which connects several key areas.

An officer of Delhi traffic police helpline said, "We have received complaints of clogged drains at Subroto Park, Panchsheel Park, Vasant Kunj, Anand Parbat and Outer Ring Road."

Commuters travelling from Delhi to the satellite towns of Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Gurgaon in Haryana faced a harrowing time, being stuck for long in traffic.

"It took me half-an-hour more than the usual time. Traffic is painfully slow. Even a little rain means traffic woes for us," said Kumar Biswas, a software professional who was on his way from Gurgaon to Delhi.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the city received 58.5 mm of rain from 8.30 pm on Sunday to 8.30 am on Monday.

"The sky will remain cloudy, with rain and there will be thundershowers at some parts of the city," an IMD official said.

Maximum and minimum temperatures will stay around 34 and 23 degrees Celsius, the IMD official added.


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