Rains bring relief from heat in capital (Second Lead)

May 10th, 2009 - 8:35 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) A western disturbance in Jammu and Kashmir and a cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan brought unexpected relief from heat for Delhiities as brief thundershowers in the capital Sunday brought the temperature down by few notches, Met office said here.
“Sudden, but brief, thunderstorm hit the capital, and a hailstorm was also reported in some parts. The change in weather was triggered by the western disturbance in Jammu and Kashmir and cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan,” an official of the Indian Meteorological Department told IANS.

The thundershowers occurred at 3.32 p.m. and 11.2 mm rain was recorded.

“The minimum temperature on Sunday was 20.6 degree Celsius, four notches below the normal. The maximum temperature was 40.2 degrees Celsius,” the official said.

“During the next 24 hours, sky will remain partly clouded with a possibility of more thunderstorms and rain,” the official added.

The brief hailstorm brought traffic to halt at many places.

“I got stuck in the hailstorm at Ring Road. As the result of hail and wind, branches of the tree snapped and blocked the main roads. Traffic jams were also caused as two-wheeler riders stopped due to hail,” said Rohit Sharma, a commuter.

A few people decided to avoid the duststorm by not stepping out.

“Going by the pleasant weather this morning, my husband and I decided to go to Nehru Park in the evening, but there were loud thundershowers so we had to decide against it,” said Neera Gupta, a homemaker.

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