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Cold extends stay in Capital

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, MARCH 9. The sun appears to be playing hide-and-seek with the Capital. With a cloudy sky followed by rainfall in the evening on Wednesday, Delhiites would perhaps do better not to pack away the woollens just yet.

As the Capital recorded a rainfall of 0.4 mm, the mercury also recorded a maximum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius, a good four degrees less than the normal for the season.

And if the Met Department is anything to go by, the present spell could continue through Thursday as well. "This rainfall has been caused by the Western Disturbances. There is a cyclonic circulation over Western Rajasthan. Till last evening, the system had been over Central Pakistan and we expected a bit of rainfall and some change in the weather over the next 48 hours. But the system has moved faster than we expected and it has caused change within 24 hours,'' explained director of Met Department, R.D. Singh.

Similar weather would continue on Thursday, with the sky clearing up in the afternoon or evening, he added.

As a result of the clouding, the daytime temperature of the Capital was also four degrees lower than the normal of 28 degrees Celsius. However, the minimum temperature recorded on Wednesday was 18.8 degrees Celsius as compared to the normal of 14 degrees Celsius. While climatically, the month of March is expected to have three `rainy' days, it is the frequency of the weather system that is unusual this year. "Normally, one system comes and goes. Then the weather clears up and after some days, another system comes. But this time, the systems have been coming one after the other. That's unusual. And while March has about three rainy days, two days are already over,'' stated Dr. Singh.

For most of Northern India, the Met Department has forecast rain on Thursday. "There is another system over Jammu and Kashmir that is likely to bring rain over Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and other areas. We even expect some hailstorm in Haryana and Punjab,'' said Dr. Singh.

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