The quick advance of summer was temporarily checked in the Capital on Tuesday when the blazing sun was replaced by black clouds, thunder and light to medium rain. Western disturbances were responsible for the showers which are likely to be experienced for another day or two.
The India Meteorological Department has forecast that temperatures are likely to drop considerably after the rain. “The thundery development accompanied by very light rain because of western disturbances will continue till Wednesday evening. This will have a cooling effect for the next couple of days,” said the IMD duty officer.
This will bring much relief to the citizens as over the past few days there had been a steady rise in temperature with Tuesday morning being hotter than usual. The day temperature of 36 degrees Celsius was three degrees above normal for this time of the year. Humidity levels were also high, reaching a maximum of 84 per cent and touching a low of 25 per cent.
A more pleasant afternoon, however, awaited Delhites as the skies turned cloudy and a nice breeze began to flow at steady intervals with the evening becoming more and more pleasant until a drizzle started around 5-30 p.m.
The minimum temperature came down to 17.8 degrees Celsius, one notch lower than normal.
April is usually one of the most pleasant months in Delhi; the Capital usually receives an average 8 mm of rain during this month. Temperatures usually oscillate between a maximum of 36 degrees and a minimum of 26 degrees.