The long wait for the monsoon rains got over as rains along with strong winds lashed parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday evening, bringing a much-needed respite from the scorching heat.

The temperature that was on the lower side at 26.6 degree Celsius in the morning rose to 36 degree Celsius in the afternoon and then saw a dip at 27 degree Celsius after the showers.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted light showers for the day which are expected to continue until Thursday.

Private weather forecasting agency Skymet echoed the IMD, saying the rain was expected to commence from Monday.

“Winds over Delhi and NCR have changed to easterly. We expect the weather to change and rains will commence by today evening. Intensity will increase gradually,” Mahesh Palawat, Vice president Meteorology and Climate Change at the Skymet Weather said.

Despite cloud formation over the region, the area has witnessed a dry spell.