A sudden change in weather brought respite from the scorching heat in the Delhi on Saturday evening as light rain accompanied by high velocity winds blew across the national capital and its neighbouring areas.
Road traffic was disrupted at many places due to uprooting of trees. Winds gusting up to 70 kmph hit the NCR, bringing some relief from the searing heat.
The weatherman said light rain was witnessed in many areas.
The dust storm pushed the temperature down by a few notches on what was a sultry day. The city recorded a high of 40.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 30 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT office.
The humidity levels were recorded at 71 per cent.
According to private weather agency, Skymet, Delhi and adjoining cities such as Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad are likely to observe pre-Monsoon weather activities.
Mumbai received heavy rainfall on Saturday following the onset of the southwest monsoon, leading to a slight delay in the running of suburban trains.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday declared the onset of the monsoon over Mumbai, the adjoining Thane-Konkan areas, Ahmednagar, Parbhani and other parts of Maharashtra.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall was recorded in the suburbs till 8.30 am today,” IMD Deputy Director K S Hosalikar said.
On Friday, seven people were killed in lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha and heavy rain lashed Shimla and its adjoining areas, even as hot weather conditions continued in Punjab and Haryana.