New Delhi: It’s a pleasant Monday (May 23) morning for Delhiites and people residing in the National Capital Region.
The citizens woke up to a thunderstorm on Monday, with parts of the city recording strong winds, rainfall, and a sharp drop in temperature.
Reports say at 8.30 am on Monday, May 23, the temperature had dipped to 18.2 degrees Celsius, giving relief to the residents from the scorching heat of the last month.
The rainfall recorded on Monday is the city’s first storm of ‘moderate intensity’ this summer, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientists.
The Safdarjung weather observatory recorded 12.3 mm of rainfall between 5.30 am and 8.30 am, which is categorised as ‘moderate’ rainfall. But the ‘highest amount of rainfall’ so far was recorded at the Aya Nagar weather observatory — 52.2 mm — which is categorised
as ‘rather heavy’ downpour.
Strong winds uprooted trees in several areas, reports said.
It is worth mentioning that on May 15-16, the mercury had touched 49.2 degrees Celsius at Mungeshpur in northwest Delhi, while Najafgarh areas had recorded 49.1 degrees Celsius.
This summer, a severe heatwave prevailed in Delhi, and adjoining places, including Haryana.
Neighbouring Gurugram in Haryana witnessed a temperature of 48.1 degrees Celsius around May 16, the highest since May 10, 1966, when the city logged 49 degrees Celsius. Hisar also experienced a high of 47.3 degrees Celsius.