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Temperatures dip below normal as rains cool city

Residents welcomed an pleasant Friday,with Delhi receiving 0.4 mm rainfall,the second highest this month.

Written by Hamari Jamatia | New Delhi |
March 28, 2009 2:18:49 am

Residents welcomed an pleasant Friday,with Delhi receiving 0.4 mm rainfall,the second highest this month. On Wednesday,the Met department recorded 0.6 mm of rain.

Accompanied by dense clouds,wind and thunder,the rains,following two days of light drizzle,brought down temperatures below normal in the city that was reeling under the heat a few days ago. Temperatures dropped four degrees below normal to 28.7 degree Celsius.

There’s even better news. The weatherman at the Safdarjung Meteorological Department said more rain can be expected over the weekend.

In the last four to five days,the weather has been moderate,with the cloud cover keeping the temperatures lower than expected.

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On Wednesday,the temperature had gone down to 30 degrees Celsius; on Thursday,it shot up to 31 degrees.

Director of Met Department B P Yadav said winds coming in from the Arabian Sea are responsible for the development. “This is a normal phenomenon during the transition period between summers and winters,” said Yadav.

Yadav added that the farming areas near Delhi would not be unduly affected by the rains and squall. With mango trees in full bloom across the city,Yadav says only a strong wind can cause any major damage. “I don’t see a reason for damage resulting from the present weather conditions,” he said.

Minimum temperatures in the city,however,still remain 1 degree above normal at 18.3 degrees Celsius. “At this time of the year,moisture comes in from the Arabian Sea and creates western disturbances over northern India. It keeps the temperature cool during the day,but traps the heat in the night,” said the weatherman.

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