Delhiites woke up on Monday morning to thunderstorms and rain which brought much needed relief from the scorching heat as the city recorded a minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. On the first working day of the week, trees fell in some parts of the national capital and traffic jams were reported at various places including near ITO, DND and AIIMS.
According to the Meteorological Department, this was the first moderate-intensity storm of the current season. Summer is supposed to start from March 1. “There are usually 12 to 14 thunderstorms between March and May, but only four to five thunderstorms have occurred this season and most are dry,” the department said.
The surface temperature dropped drastically on Monday due to thunderstorms and rain accompanied by thunderstorms. Between 5.40am and 7am the temperature dropped from 29 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees Celsius to 11 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature was recorded at 17.2 degrees Celsius at 8.30 am, three steps below the seasonal average and 12 mm of rainfall was recorded till 8.30 am. The maximum temperature can last around 37 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature recorded in Delhi on Sunday was 39.3 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal, with the minimum temperature being 23.1 degrees Celsius, three notches below the seasonal average.