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City 9 degrees cooler after pre-monsoon rain

delhi Updated: Jun 28, 2009 23:53 IST
HT Correspondent
City 9 degrees cooler after pre-monsoon rain

The capital experienced some relief from the scorching heat as pre-monsoon showers brought down the temperature by nine degrees on Sunday.

Delhiites suffering from the sizzling heat and massive power cut coupled with water shortage welcomed the rains.

Within two hours of rains hitting Delhi, average temperature plummeted by almost 10 degrees Celsius — from a sweltering 40.8 degrees around 2.30 pm to a modest 31 degree Celsius at 4.30 pm. While the minimum temperature in the morning stood at 32.3 degrees Celsius, it went down to 29.2 after the showers.

The Safdarjung Met office had recorded 03.6 mm rainfall by 8 pm in the evening.

“Till Saturday the heat was scorching. Even at night you could feel the hot air. But after the five minute shower on Sunday, the heat is bearable,” said Sunit Khandelwal, a resident of Mayur Vihar Phase I.

But the uneven and scanty shower also pushed up the humidity level.

“It has become extremely humid. I walked a short distance and was sweating profusely till the time I reached office,” said Manjeet Kaul, who works in a BPO company.

The Met department confirmed that the showers were indeed pre monsoons.

“It is pre-monsoon shower. The monsoon will be reaching UP in the next two to three days. After that we will be able to assign dates for Delhi,” said SC Bhan, Director (Regional Metrological Centre).

“The temperature will decrease and the next two to three days will continue to be comfortable,” Bhan said.