Delhi may expect cool weather next week too


New Delhi : After two consecutive evening squalls, Delhi and north Indian states may delightfully look forward to cool weather conditions with light to moderate rainfall over the next four days.

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According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), there were five separate low-pressure areas – on central Pakistan and neighbourhood, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, central Rajasthan and southeast Uttar Pradesh.

"The heavy showers were because of these upper air circulations as well. As a result, Delhi and north Indian states had been witnessing cool weather for the last three days and the climate will not change much," said an IMD official here Saturday.

"As these low pressure areas will not weaken over the next four days, we are expecting light to moderate rainfall in Delhi and adjoining states," the weatherman said adding that it may be accompanied by squall and hailstorm.

Till May 11, Delhi had witnessed 47.3 mm rains as against the normal rainfall of 17.9 in the entire month. "You might have experienced a cooler weather in May as against April and the trend will continue at least till the end of next week.

While Delhi witnessed 6.2 mm of rainfall Thursday making the mercury slide by over 5 degrees Celsius, on Friday, it experienced torrential rain coupled with hailstorm. Just in one hour the capital witnessed 25.1 mm rains. Due to heavy showers, the mercury plummeted 14 degrees Friday night.

On Saturday, Delhi recorded a maximum of 36.6 degrees Celsius (three degrees below normal) and a minimum of 19 degrees, whopping seven notches below the normal level.

Little wonder that Delhiites were happy.

"Due to celebrations of the 1857 war, we had received an off on Friday and rain over the last two days has made life easier for us. It gave people a respite from the sweltering heat," said Subhash Patra, a resident of east Delhi.

"It rained for the betterment of people who have been battling with long hours of blackouts," said Rashmita, another resident of the city.