There is nothing unseasonal about the rain which lashed the city on Monday; it is winter rain which will continue until month-end, maintains the Meteorological Department.
“This is continuation of the winter rain which is likely to go on till the end of March. Till March 25 afternoon, the weather will remain cloudy but the temperature will increase from then onwards and it will be sunny, bright days ahead. In the last week of March, there are chances of rain in the city once again, which would be the end of the season,” said Director of Meteorological Department Surinder Paul.
Paul expects the last rain on March 28. He attributed the extended rain at this time of the year to frequent western disturbances. It had rained last year too, he said.
From 8.30 am to 6 pm, the city got 6.5 mm rain. It cooled the day, bringing down the maximum temperature from 29.5 degree Celsius to 20.5 degrees Celsius, which was nine degree below normal.
The minimum temperature, however, went up from 16 degree Celsius to 17.2 degree Celsius, which was three degree above normal.
Officials said thundershowers or hailstorm with wind speed exceeding 45 km per hour were likely over the next 12 hours.
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Experts say the winds will have a bad effect on the standing crops. “These may also destroy crops which are at the growing stage. In the past two days, the wind speed was recorded at 10-12 km per hour but on March 24, the wind speed was 20-30 km per hour,” said Paul.
Secretary of Apni Mandi Kuldeep Singh said, “The winds can destroy the flower buds on the mango trees. March is the flowering season of mango and the rain is good at this stage, but not the winds.”
Paul said, “Last year, it had rained but there were no winds as the winds from the west did not touch the northern region. This year, the western disturbances have entered Punjab and Haryana.”