Warm Thursday in Delhi cooled by evening rain

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Delhi saw a warm day Thursday but rain followed in the evening, bringing relief from the heat. Some showers are also likely Friday.

The maximum temperature during the day was two notches above average at 33.7 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature early Thursday was two notches below average at 16 degrees Celsius.
But in a sudden change, it became cloudy in the evening and rain with thunderstorm occurred around 6 p.m., with a few areas in east Delhi witnessing hail.
The rain caused some traffic snarls, with roads to the satellite towns of Gurgaon and Noida witnessing long pileups. Long lines at traffic signals were also witnessed in areas of west Delhi, near the heavily populated Patel Nagar and Shadipur.
“I was caught off guard by the sudden rain when I was on my way from Gurgaon to Delhi. There was a long jam on the toll road, but the change in weather is welcome,” said Shahid Siddiqui.
The weatherman has forecast sporadic rainfall for Friday as well.
“The sky will be partly cloudy Friday. Rainfall and thundery developments will occur in some areas,” said an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official.
The IMD attributed the rain to western disturbances, accompanied by low pressure over Rajasthan.
“A western disturbance is there, and a low pressure area has developed over Rajasthan. Enough moisture is being supplied from the Arabian Sea due to the low pressure, and cloud development is over all of north-west India,” the official said.