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Delhi temperature on Monday was as low as 29.4 degrees Celsius while hilly towns, such as Dharamshala, Chamba, Solan, recorded almost similar day temperatures ranging between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius.

delhi Updated: May 23, 2017 12:36 IST
Joydeep Thakur
Joydeep Thakur
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A balloon-seller enjoying Monday’s cloudy weather at Connaught Place in central Delhi.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

Delhiites woke up to a hill station-like weather this week as the mercury dropped to 29.4 degrees — around 11 degrees below the climatic normal.

Met officials of the regional weather forecast department failed to recollect the last time the day temperature had dropped below the 30-degree Celsius mark in May.

Some hilly towns in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim such as Dharamshala, Chamba, Solan, Tadong and Pitthorgarh recorded almost similar day temperatures ranging between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius on Monday. Places in the foothills, such as Dehradun, recorded much higher temperatures hovering around 34 degrees Celsius.

“Even though the night temperature had dropped to much lower levels earlier, the day temperature didn’t dip to such low levels at least in the last six years. This is certainly the lowest day temperature in May in the recent years,” said a senior official of the Met department.

The night temperature too dropped to around 21.8 degrees Celsius, the lowest since 2015. It was at least five degrees below the climatic normal.

The climatic normal is the average of temperature registered in a place over a period of three decades.

Met officials explained that two systems – a western disturbance and a cyclonic circulation - gave rise to some rain bearing clouds which then moved towards Delhi-NCR triggering rain and thundershower.

The euphoria would however soon end. The mercury could again shoot up by at least 11 degrees by Sunday.

“The temperature is expected to start rising from Tuesday. We expect the mercury to touch 40 degree Celsius by May 28 again,” said a senior official of the met department.

A monster cloud had triggered nearly 17 mm of rain on Monday before it passed over to Uttar Pradesh.

There were at least 42 incidents of tree branches breaking off and 10 reports in which portions of buildings had caved in. Water logging was reported from at least five areas.

First Published: May 23, 2017 11:50 IST