Thursday evening brought a squall and a much cooler evening to Delhiites.
The city saw 4.3mm of rain in a matter of an hour and a half and there was a sharp dip in the temperature. Light rain is expected on Friday.
According to the weatherman, the squall started around 5.45pm on Thursday. The temperature at 5.30pm was 29.2 degrees Celsius, which plummeted to 20.2 after the squall.
Earlier in the day, the maximum temperature was recorded at 33.7 degrees, two degrees above normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at 16 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal."The rainfall was due to a western disturbance. It can also be expected on Friday, though it won’t be as strong as Thursday’s," said a Met official.
This is the second western disturbance the city has seen within a week. The Met department had forecast rain for the city almost a week back.
“The rain caught me by surprise as I was in office all day long. I got drenched when I left office in the evening,” said Nisha Singh, who works in a finance firm in Connaught Place.
The rain during the peak office hours also brought traffic to a standstill in various parts of the city, including Nehru Place and various stretches on the Ring Road and the Outer Ring Road. The city, however, was spared of complaints regarding water logging.
The maximum temperature on Friday is expected to be 30 degrees while the minimum is expected to be 16 degrees.
Rain also disrupted power supply in various parts of the Capital. Residents of areas such as Alaknanda, East of Kailash, Janakpuri, Uttam Nagar among others complained of power cuts lasting more than an hour. A BSES spokesperson said that rain caused branches from an overhead tree to fall on power lines in Uttam Nagar and Alaknanda, which led to the outages.
A few areas of south Delhi may face power cuts on April 1, 2 and 3 due to pre-summer maintenance work at sub-stations of Vasant Kunj and Mehrauli. “Supply may be affected n C-8 and C-9 Block of Vasant Kunj, Nangal Dairy, Mahipalpur, Rangpuri and adjoining areas,” said a senior official.