New Delhi: Wednesday evening`s thunderstorm and overnight rains brought down the mercury below the 40 degrees Celsius mark in the national capital.
The maximum temperature settles at 36.4 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal.
The maximum temperature, which took a plunge from yesterday`s 41.1 degrees, was a welcome relief for Delhiites who had been reeling under intense heatwave conditions, coupled with long power outages, in the past several days.
However, high humidity forced Delhiites to sweat it out, which were recorded between 46 and 85 per cent during the day.
At Palam, the day temperature was 36.6 degrees, while at both Ayanagar and Ridge area it was 36.2 degrees Celsius.
According to the MeT department, the national capital received 3.6-mm rainfall in 24 hours till 8:30 in the morning, while the rain gauge measured 0.7-mm of rain between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM.
Earlier, the city woke up to a pleasant morning as the minimum temperature settled at 22.7 degrees Celsius, five points below normal, and considerably down from the above 30 degrees level it had been hovering in the past week. The minimum had yesterday settled at 30.5 degrees.
The observatory at Palam also registered a fall in the mercury with the minimum recorded at 22.6 deg. Observatories in Ayanagar and Ridge area posted minimums of 22 and 21.3 degrees Celsius, respectively.
The MeT department has, however, forecast a rise in temperatures tomorrow, with the maximum expected to touch the 40 degrees mark again. "There would be mainly clear sky tomorrow with maximum and minimum likely to remain around 40 and 28 degrees, respectively," a MeT official said.
The spell of extreme hot weather conditions in Delhi began on June 3 when mercury crossed the 40 degrees mark to settle at 41.7 degrees. The next day, it soared to 43.4 degrees Celsius.
On June 5, the day temperature soared to 44.7 degrees. The mercury bettered its record the next day on June 6 when it settled at 45 degrees Celsius, crossing the 45-degrees mark for the first time this season.
Meanwhile, temperature at Palam observatory had been touching new highs everyday. It registered 47.2 degrees on June 6, setting a new record for the last 19 years.
On June 7, the day temperature at Palam was 47 degrees. The next day, the mercury shot up yet again to settle at 47.8, shattering all records of the last 62 years.