Sunday, without the sun, made for a blissful weekend for most Delhiites. It rained in the city for the second consecutive day. And the maximum temperature dropped to 33.9 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal.
Though Monday may bear the imprint of the good weather, the sun will be out in full force in the coming week. The weatherman has predicted a partly cloudy day for Monday, with slight chances of rainfall at night.
The sky is expected to be clear on Tuesday with the maximum temperature expected to touch 39 degrees. The rest of the week will not see any rainfall and mercury will start touching 42 degrees by the end of the week, the weatherman added.
In 2009, May had been punctuated with spells of rainfall that had kept the heat from rising too much. While the weatherman is not predicting anything of the sort for June this year, a couple of spells of rainfall are expected in the coming month.
As for the rainy weekend, the Met department has attributed it to western disturbances over Jammu and Kashmir that brought rain to other parts of north India as well.
Several parts of Himachal Pradesh saw rain and hail storms. In Uttar Pradesh, powerful rainstorms brought the soaring mercury down.
Delhiites, meanwhile, made the most of the weather on Sunday. Popular spots such as India Gate and Central Park in Connaught Place were full. Many went shopping in open markets like Greater Kailash-1, Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar.
“This weather is such a blessing. The sun will be back in the next few days and I want to make the most of this glorious weather,” said Praveen Mahajan, a resident of Mayapuri, who had come to India Gate with his family for an outing.
The flow of traffic remained smooth on Sunday with traffic police and the MCD not getting any complaints of snarls or water logging.