New Delhi: High velocity winds with a speed of 100 kmph accompanied by light showers changed weather for the better as mercury took a plunge of 14.5 degree Celsius in the national capital on Thursday.
4.8 mm rain was recorded between 5:30 to 8:30 PM along with thunderstorms, according to the meteorological department. Wind gauge measured wind speeds up to 100 km/hour.
The maximum temperature during the day was registered at 39.5 deg C. However, after the showers, mercury settled at 25 deg C at 8:30 PM.
Weatherman termed the rainfall as a normal phenomenon for this part of the year.
"This is normal rain. In May, we get to see such thunder showers, which is normal phenomenon. Before the pre-monsoon season, which takes place after May, such rain happens.
"We can call it as a local development in weather as for the last few days, mercury has been rising following which we have to witness rain today," said a senior MeT official.
Earlier, mercury almost touched 40 degree Celsius during the day.
Delhiites had to sweat it out in the afternoon as the maximum temperature was registered at 39.5 deg C, one notch above the normal level and slightly higher from yesterday`s 38.6 deg C.
However, in the evening, clouds descended over the national capital following which rains and thunderstorm was reported in several parts of the city.
The unseasonal rains caught commuters off the guard during peak evening rush hour as traffic jams were witnessed on several arterial roads of the city. Several trees were also uprooted which added to the traffic chaos.
According to MeT officials, the minimum temperature was recorded at 25.2 deg C which was normal for this part of the year and one point above previous day`s 24.2 deg C.
Weatherman has predicted mainly clear sky tomorrow. The maximum temperature is expected to remain around 40 deg C while the minimum may settle around 26 deg C.