Do not forget your umbrella this weekend as the Met office has predicted cloudy skies with rain and thunderstorm on Saturday morning.
Temperatures are expected to fluctuate between 23 and 12 degrees Celsius on Saturday. But by Holi, the clouds are expected to clear, making the way for a sunny but cool day. Temperatures may range between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius.
It was a cool Friday in the Capital, with traces of rain and isolated instances of hail being recorded. The minimum temperature settled at 15.5 degrees Celsius on Friday morning, and did not rise above 25.8 degrees Celsius during the course of the day.
The average maximum and minimum temperatures for this time of the year are around 28.7 and 14.2 degrees Celsius. This is likely to climb slightly to 29.2 and 15.6 degrees Celsius between March 11 and 15.
Though weather experts and officials at the India Meteorological Department had forecast “moderate rain” between 2.5 mm and 10 mm for Friday, light drizzle was recorded in parts of the city.
There were isolated reports of hail with some residents taking to social media to share their experiences.
Met officials said hailstorms can occur during moderate to severe thunderstorms. “It is quite possible that there may have been some hail in Delhi, as there were reports of a hailstorm in Shimla on Thursday,” said an official.
The rain and hail has been attributed to the influences of a western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir, which has changed the directions of the wind and brought more moisture to the region.
“The influences will continue until Friday evening, and there may be some residual rain on Saturday too. There will be no rain on Holi,” said an official of the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre (RWFC) on Thursday evening.