After a rainy day, Delhiites on Friday woke up to a sunny morning but with a little more chill as the mercury slid below normal.
The minimum temperature dropped to 12.7 degree Celsius, two degrees below normal for this time of the year, as against Thursday's 14 degrees, the MeT Office said.
The city had received intermittent rains on Thursday with the rain gauges in the city measuring 2.1 mm for the past 24 hours. The maximum temperature recorded on Thursday was 20.7 degree Celsius, six degrees below normal.
Last month, a total amount of 53.7 mm of rainfall was recorded against the normal of 18.3 mm. The highest rainfall during February was 153.1 mm recorded in 1915.
The weatherman has forecast partly cloudy sky on Saturday, while the temperatures are expected to be between 14 and 23 degree Celsius.
According to Weather Office, the mean temperature for the month of March is 15.4 degree Celsius (minimum) and 30 degrees (maximum). In the last 11 years, the minimum had dropped below only in 2001 and 2003.
The lowest minimum March last year was recorded on eighth (14.3 degree Celsius) while the highest maximum was recorded on 22nd (39.2 degrees). Last year's maximum was the highest in the past 11 years.
The record minimum for the month was recorded on March 6, 1945 when the mercury measured 4.4 degree Celsius while the highest maximum is 40.6 degrees recorded on March 31, 1945.
The first week of February saw the temperatures rise well above normal levels, but then a spell of rain brought the mercury down, slightly delaying the onset of summer.