Digital Desk, New Delhi. On Monday morning in the national capital region, the temperature dropped by 11 degrees due to thunderstorm and rain. People got a lot of relief from the scorching sun. The minimum temperature was nine degrees below normal, the lowest in Delhi since May 2004.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) records, Safdarjung recorded 12.3 mm of rain and Palam 27.6 mm between 5.30 am and 8.30 am on Monday. The other main stations of Delhi – Lodhi Road, Ridge and Aya Nagar – recorded 13.8 mm, 14.2 mm and 52.2 mm of rain respectively between 2.30 am and 5.30 am.
The temperature dropped by 11 degrees from 5.40 a.m. to 7 a.m. as it went down to 29 to 18 degrees Celsius following dust storm and thunderstorms. By the end of the day, Delhi’s base station Safdarjung recorded a minimum temperature of 17.2 degrees Celsius, nine notches below normal. The last time such a low minimum temperature was recorded was 16.7 °C on 1 May 2004, while the record so far recorded was 15.2 °C on 2 May 1982.
The IMD said, accompanied by a Western Disturbance affecting north-west India, Delhi-NCR witnessed moderate to heavy rain during the morning hours with gusty winds reaching 80 kmph. This lowered the minimum temperature.
The maximum temperature in Delhi-NCR hovered around 28.6-31.6 degrees Celsius, with Safdarjung recording 31.5 degrees Celsius, a drop of eight degrees.
Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds (50-60 kmph) are very likely over Delhi-NCR during night time.
IMD has warned that the weather will remain the same in North India including Punjab, Haryana. There is a possibility of hailstorm in the same area over Rajasthan and West Uttar Pradesh during next 8-10 hours.
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