The weather gods smiled upon the Capital on Sunday as a short spell of rainfall brought the temperature down by almost 13 degree Celsius in the afternoon.
Few parts of the city, in fact, had a ‘cooler’ experience as the rain here was also accompanied by hail. “The temperature right before the thunderstorm was 38.4 degree Celsius, but it came down to 25.6 after it,” said a Met department official.
Though Sunday was primarily sunny and recorded a maximum temperature of 40.2 degree Celsius during the day, a change in weather was experienced around 3.30 pm in the afternoon as winds picked up a speed of up to 96 kmph. The maximum temperature just the day before was 39.8 degree Celsius and the minimum 24.8 degrees.
The squall, in fact, left several fallen trees in its trail. According to the MCD, the strong winds damaged trees and building projections in areas such as Defence Colony and Karol Bagh and even tripped two BSES powerlines of 66 KV each and also two lines of Transco of Badarpur-Mehrauli and Badarpur-Okhla area.
“Western disturbance along with the cyclone circulation over Rajasthan caused the rain and hail today,” said SC Bhan, director, Met Department. The surprise shower on Sunday was heavier than the light spell experience on April 5. The Capital received a total rainfall of 11.2mm.
According to the weatherman the rain and strong winds will not make a reappearance tomorrow. The Met department expects mainly a clear sky on Monday with maximum and minimum temperatures at 38 and 21 degrees Celsius, respectively.
The rainfall, which provided the Capital some respite from the searing heat experienced throughout the week, inspired many to step out and enjoy the change in the evening. “We had thought of staying indoors today, but things cooled down after the squall and so we changed our plan and came out to enjoy the pleasant Sunday evening instead,” said Ravi Kumar, a resident of Safdarjung Enclave.