Heavy rainfall hits India. (Photo: Xinhua)
NEW DELHI, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Rains lashed Indian capital city New Delhi and outskirts Thursday, triggering waterlogging and traffic jams, officials said.
The downpour ended days of sweltering heat and brought respite to residents.
"This afternoon it became heavily cloudy, following which rains lashed the city accompanied by thunder and lightning. Various parts of the city witnessed short spells of rains of varying intensity," a meteorological department official said. "The rains brought a slight relief from the scorching heat but pushed the humidity level up to 85 percent."
Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida received good rainfall.
Within minutes the rain caused waterlogging in Gurugram and other places.
Many residents posted photographs of waterlogged roads of Gurugram and traffic snarls on social media networking sites.
Officials said Thursday's rain broke a 16-day dry spell in the national capital and outskirts. Meteorological department officials said monsoon is likely to make onset in 48 hours in the city.
"Intermittent light rains are expected in Delhi and neighboring areas till July 10. Heavy showers are likely after that," the meteorological department official said.