Gurgaon residents woke up to a light drizzle and windy Wednesday morning, with Met department forecasting more rainfall on Thursday and Friday.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said the maximum temperature on Wednesday was 28 degrees Celsius and the minimum 12 degrees Celsius.
If the rain continues on Thursday and Friday, the temperature is expected to plummet even further, with the minimum expected to settle below 10 degrees Celsius.
An IMD official attributed the rainfall to a low pressure developing over parts of Northern India owing to the western disturbance in the Mediterranean region that creates depression and brings high moisture winds towards the Indian subcontinent.
“There is low pressure over most parts of North India, which is leading to snowfall in the Himalayan region and rainfall in low-lying areas. The situation will prevail over the weekend and weather should clear up by Holi (Monday),” an IMD official said.
Parts of Gurgaon experienced rainfall from 5am to 7.30am. The overcast conditions returned in the evening.
For many morning walkers the “cool” breeze was a welcome relief.
“I have been sweating excessively over the last week owing to highly humid conditions. The morning drizzle and cool breeze staved the perspiration and I could relish a pleasant morning jog,” Major (retd) Pran Singh, a resident of Palam Vihar, said.
The prediction of rainfall has come as a boon to farmers in Punjab and Haryana for the development of Rabi crops as the high temperature in February led to fears of low cultivation this season.
The light showers did little to disrupt train services. Northern Railways officials said the New Delhi-Ajmer Shatabdi and Ahmedabad-New Delhi Rajdhani Express arrived 10 minutes later than their scheduled arrival.