Delhi turns pleasant after unexpected rainfall

April 3rd, 2008 - 8:09 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) The Indian capital received rainfall unusual for this time of the year, leading to a drop in temperature and giving Delhites a pleasant day. Showers lashed the city from Wednesday night, and 2.8 mm of rainfall had been recorded by 8.30 a.m. Thursday. The maximum temperature was 7 degrees below normal, at 27.3 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature was 18.3 degree Celsius.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) attributed the reason behind the sudden rainfall to what it said were “western disturbances” over north Pakistan.

“In summers, generally, whenever there is sudden rainfall, it is because of the western disturbances. This sudden change of weather pattern here is because of the same reason,” an IMD official told IANS.

He said cyclonic circulation over west Rajasthan and adjoining areas of Pakistan also caused the unexpected rainfall.

Although the rainfall stopped in the morning and the sun was soon up, the weather remained cool and pleasant throughout the day. But some parts of Delhi got a drizzle in Thursday evening.

Sarita Sahay, a professional singer, said the sudden change in the weather had definitely uplifted her mood.

“It’s such a lovely weather… and very unexpected. Although I have to be extra careful for any throat problems since changing weather generally brings health problems along with it, I enjoyed my riyaaz (practice) thoroughly today,” Sahay said.

The IMD official added: “Even the adjoining areas of Delhi are experiencing a pleasant weather. The weather will remain pleasant at least for a few more days.”

In Agra, India’s biggest tourist destination about 200 km south of here, the rain and hailstorm uprooted trees and hoardings.

Said Sudhir Gupta, a resident of Agra: “The whole of Wednesday it was bright and sunny. But as the night advanced we saw dark clouds menacingly moving ahead. A thunderstorm disrupted power supply.”

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