A colder than usual morning greeted city residents on Saturday, with the showers that started at around 6am bringing down the maximum temperature for this time of the year by 7 degrees Celsius below normal, to 15.2 degree Celsius.
By the end of the day, the heavens had opened up liberally, and the city recorded the highest rainfall in a single December day since 2010 with 45.3 mm having been recorded till late Saturday night.
However, the evening and night temperature on Saturday did not differ much from the normal at this time of the year.
A bulletin from the Meteorological Centre, Chandigarh, said the minimum temperature was recorded at 8.2 degree Celsius and the rain started at around 6am on Saturday.
Western disturbances are said to have caused the rains and forecast is that the showers will continue, even on Sunday.
“Light to moderate rain/thundershowers will occur at few places during the next 48 hours in Haryana and Punjab and we will have a spell of sunny days thereafter, beginning Tuesday,” said the bulletin.
On Monday, the weather will remain cloudy, but there is no possibility of rain, according to the department.
The sunny spell is expected to begin from Tuesday and will be followed by shallow fog later next week. In the next three days, the day temperature will settle at around 17 degree Celsius.