‘This weather is not likely to prevail much longer’
NEW DELHI: Taking the Capital’s citizens by surprise, sudden rain accompanied by hail and dust storm on Sunday afternoon brought relief to the residents. A total of 11.2 mm of rainfall was recorded till 8:30 p.m. taking the maximum humidity to 92 per cent.
The maximum temperature settled at 40.2 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was 25.2 degrees.
The sudden rain and dust storm in the afternoon sent people scurrying for shelter. The weather left the roads littered with leaves and broken branches of trees. There were also reports of trees being uprooted and vehicles being damaged. Children came out of their homes to frolic in the rain. Many could be seen collecting little ice pieces from the grass in the wake of the hail storm. Some road stretches were also inundated with rainwater.
Sneha Arora, a resident of neighbouring Noida said: “I had just stepped out of my house when all of a sudden strong gusts of wind accompanied by heavy rain and thunder made it impossible to continue walking on the road. I rushed back home to the sound of windows banging and was unable to close the main door for some time because of the wind force. In no time, the entire house was sprayed with water and hail stones.”
“After several minutes when I stepped into the balcony to inspect the damage I found that the two old buckets kept there had been blown away and things from my neighbour’s balcony had landed into mine,” she added.
According to the weatherman, this weather is not likely to prevail much longer.
An Indian Meteorological Department official said: “The upper air cyclonic circulation is West Rajasthan was what prompted the sudden rain, but this system has now cleared making way for a rise in maximum temperatures in the coming days.” A mainly clear sky with maximum temperature of 38 degrees Celsius and minimum of 21 degrees Celsius has been forecasted for Monday.