Hyderabad: The overnight rains that have been lashing the city since Wednesday continued for a major part of Thursday, with the cumulative rainfall being pegged at 18.2 mm.
More rainfall is in store with India Meteorological Department officials saying the weather could be generally cloudy with one or two spells of rains or thundershowers on Friday. Following the incessant rains, the maximum temperature in Hyderabad came down to 26.9 degree Celsius, which is a four degree departure from the normal temperature recorded during this time of the year.
Similarly, the minimum temperature was 21.3 degree Celsius, a departure of two degrees from normal. Among other areas, Rajendranagar received the highest cumulative rainfall of 19.3 mm rainfall, followed by Golconda and Kapra, which received 15.3 mm and 12.3 mm respectively, according to Telangana State Planning and Development Society officials.
Meanwhile, a few schools and colleges declared a holiday on Thursday to avoid inconvenience to students. Many office-goers hired cabs to reach their workplaces and avoided private transportation fearing traffic jams. In areas like Gachibowli, Srinagar T junction, MJ College, Nagarjuna Circle, Madhapur and others, traffic moved at snail’s pace and bumper-to-bumper traffic was witnessed on other main thoroughfares in the city in the evening.
With the rains continuing, instructions have been issued to GHMC officials to stay alert and clear water logging on the main thoroughfares. At LB Nagar, traffic police had to fill potholes on the ring road to avoid inconvenience to road users. GHMC monsoon teams also swung into action and cleared water stagnation at Mehdipatnam, Malakpet and at IS Sadan and a few other areas. A tree got uprooted near a hospital in Dilsukhnagar and was cleared immediately to ensure smooth flow of traffic, officials said.