Cool weather continues in Delhi


New Delhi : The Indian capital experienced another pleasant day Friday with strong breeze and cloudy skies bringing down the mercury to nearly 4 degrees Celsius below normal.

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“This weather may continue till Saturday evening,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

The temperature touched the 36-degree mark Friday afternoon, a slide of 4 degrees.

The adjoining towns of Ghaziabad and Noida received mild rains in the forenoon, and the impact was felt in the capital, the official added.

It is not often that May turns even mildly pleasant in Delhi.

“The weather is amazing. Rain in the middle of scorching heat has brought great relief. We wish it continues,” said Sarmila Basu, a resident of Ghaziabad. “It started raining at around 11 a.m. and continued for almost an hour.”

Weathermen forecast that the capital might witness a few spells of light rain till Saturday afternoon. “Light rain coupled with thundershowers are expected in Delhi today and tomorrow,” said an IMD official.

Met officials said low-pressure areas in northwest India, especially Punjab and Rajasthan, were affecting weather conditions in Delhi and adjoining areas.

On Wednesday, Delhi had reordered light rain. A drizzle coupled with strong breeze brought down the maximum temperature to 32.3 degrees Celsius – 8 degrees below normal.

In the last fortnight, northwest India went through a heat wave with mercury soaring much above the normal level.

Delhi recorded a maximum of 43 degrees Celsius April 28 while Churu in Rajasthan agonized due to 46.2 degrees of intense heat April 30.