After days of dry spell, Delhi residents woke up to a rainy Friday morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 27.2 degrees Celsius, the season’s average.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has also predicted cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in the capital city.

“The sky will remain mostly cloudy with chances of rainfall throughout the day in the National Capital Region (NCR),” IANS quoted an IMD official as saying.

The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 36 degrees Celsius. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 91 per cent.

Thursday’s maximum temperature settled at 37.8 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 28.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

Similar weather conditions are also expected in Punjab, Haryana and West Uttar Pradesh, a Skymet report said.

Reduced rainfall activity has been associated with the southward position of the axis of Monsoon trough.

According to the report, Monsoon trough has been lying south of its normal position. As a result, Delhi NCR and its adjoining areas — Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad failed to good rains.

Delhi and NCR may experience some patchy showers in the next 24-48 hours, the report added. Early mornings and late evenings may be the most credible period of rains.

(With agency inputs)