Chandigarh recorded around 49 mm rainfall past midnight on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday that brought down temperatures to 30.2, which was two degrees below normal.
There was sudden cloud formation, which paved way for rainfall past midnight. Around 49 mm rainfall was recorded in various parts of Chandigarh during the night while, 14 mm rainfall was recorded in Panchkula.
The overnight rain was broken by sunny spell in the morning, which was soon covered by overcast skies past noon and light breeze. There was light rainfall in many parts. According to the Met department, 13.6 mm rainfall was recorded during the day.
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The maximum temperature was recorded at 30.6, which was two degrees below normal, while the minimum temperature stood at 22 degree Celsius, which was six degrees above normal. The temperature had dropped by four degrees from Wednesday.
The Chandigarh MeT department attributed the thundery development due to Western disturbances, which originated in Jammu and Kashmir. “The weather will remain partly cloudy for the next 48 hours and there could be light rain and thundershowers, because the Western disturbances,” said a Met official.
He added that people can expect more rainfall after the monsoon begins to withdraw. “The monsoon has not yet started to withdraw. It is expected to do so by the month-end, when residents can expect more rainfall,” said the official.
However, elaborating more on the weather conditions, MeT director, Surender Paul said the average temperatures in September, this year have been 4-5 degrees Celsius higher than last year.
“Apart from the El nino effect, the monsoon has also been quite unorganised this year. The rainfall was scattered with long dry spells. There was cloudiness on most of the days, due to which the humidity levels were high and days felt hotter,” he said.