Chandigarh, June 3
The showers that the meteorological department had been promising finally made their welcome appearance in the city after a humid morning today. Many areas of the city received light rain at about 6:30 am, bring down the temperature.

The Met has indicated there are chances of more thundershowers till Sunday evening after which temperatures will begin to rise again.

Shruti Verma, who was on her morning walk to the terrace garden in Sector 33, said it started to pour at around 6:20 am as she crossed the exhibition ground in Sector 34. "Initially there were just strong winds but it soon began raining. The weather had changed drastically and it became quite cool," she said.

People, especially children, could be seen enjoying the weather by remaining outdoors most of the time. The cool breeze, too, provided relief from the sweltering heat.

Strong winds bearing dust were also reported in other parts of the city as well as in adjoining Punjab and Haryana. The maximum temperature, which had risen to 41.7 degrees Celsius yesterday, fell marginally by 0.5 degrees to 41.2 degrees while the minimum was recorded at 26.7 degrees. The city received 2 mm of rainfall today, a Met official said.

“During the day it was extremely warm and uncomfortable due to the high level of humidity that ranged between 17 and 50 per cent,’’ the official said.

Although the weatherman also predicted rain or thundershowers on Wednesday, the city - after today’s morning showers, had a dry day with rain eluding the city. The humidity level rose to 50 per cent.

"Due to the morning showers we’re expecting a dip in temperatures of around 3 to 4 degrees C in the city. However, they did not bring any respite from the heat during the day; in fact, the light rain raised the humidity levels," the met official said.

"We’re expecting rainfall accompanied by a duststorm in the city as well as in various areas of Punjab and Haryana in the next 24 hours. Yes, it could certainly bring down the mercury by three to four notches in the region”, the official added.

“The cyclonic circulation over western Rajasthan has brought rain to the city. We can expect some more light showers tomorrow,” India Meteorological Department director Surendra Paul said. The weatherman has forecast duststorms or thundershowers with light rain at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana during the next 24 hours. Temperatures in the region are also likely to fall by 2 to 3 degrees C.

Source: Anil Jerath Tribune News Service