The national capital woke up to rain and hailstorm this morning. The rain started around 7 am, followed by hailstorm minutes later in parts of Delhi. The rain and cloudy skies also led to a dip in the temperature.
The rain continued in the national capital for the fourth consecutive day.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said more rain and hailstorms are predicted during the day.
— ANI (@ANI) January 6, 2021
On Tuesday, the Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for Delhi, recorded 1.3 mm rainfall till 5:30 pm. The weather stations at Palam, Lodhi Road and Ridge recorded 5.3 mm, 0.4 mm and 4.8 mm rainfall, respectively, during the period.
The minimum temperature rose to 13.2 degrees Celsius as a result of a cloud cover. The maximum temperature settled at 20.8 degrees Celsius. Clouds trap some of the outgoing infrared radiation and radiate it back downwards, warming the ground.
Social media users shared videos of streets and neighbourhoods covered in hail stones.
— Deepak R. Sridhar (@DeepakRSridhar) January 6, 2021
— Gaurav (@social_insaaan) January 6, 2021
— Surabhi Lal ❤ (@SurabhiLal_) January 6, 2021
The rains, under the influence of a strong western disturbance, come on the back of a “severe” cold wave that gripped Delhi in the run-up to the New Year.