After days of enduring hot and humid weather, Delhiites got some relief today as rains lashed several parts of the capital bringing the mercury at below normal levels.

The showers began at around one am and the rain gauges in the city measured 17 mm of showers till 8:30 am, a senior MeT official said. The capital has so far received 409.7 mm of rainfall this monsoon, 25 per cent below average.

The rains, accompanied by thunder and lightning, brought down the mercury to a minimum of 24.4 degree Celsius, two degrees below normal, from yesterday’s low of 29 degree Celsius which was three degrees above normal.

The Weatherman attributed the rains to a western disturbance prevailing over north-west India.

“It was a pleasant beginning to the day. The temperature was tolerable. There was no unease as we experienced in the past few days,” said Sangamitra Choudhury, an advertising professional.

The city has been witnessing hot and humid conditions during the past few days with mercury remaining at above normal levels. The maximum was always been above 35 degree Celsius, recording 36.6 degree Celsius yesterday.

The humidity was also on the higher side, oscillating between 60 and 95 per cent.

Last year, the maximum temperature had not crossed 35 degree Celsius in the month of September. The month also received the highest rainfall (332.9 mm) in ten years in 2010.

The record maximum for September was on 16th of the month in 1938 when the mercury rose to 40.6 degree Celsius.

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