Rain hits Delhi-NCR, brings much needed relief

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Rain hits Delhi-NCR, brings much needed relief

The rain over Delhi was accompanied by a sharp drop in visibility as dark clouds gathered over Delhi-NCR.

Rain hit Delhi and the larger National Capital Region, cooling temperatures and bringing much needed relief to the parched capital. Heavy rain was reported in Central Delhi, East Delhi and some parts of neighbouring Noida.

The rain over Delhi was accompanied by a sharp drop in visibility as dark clouds gathered over Delhi-NCR. The rainfall, however, was brief and stopped after around 15-20 minutes.

The rain hit Delhi after a long dry spell and hot weather. Rain was also expected in parts of Uttar Pradesh with monsoon clouds covering capital Lucknow on Sunday.

Earlier, the IMD had predicted rain over Delhi-NCR. The rainfall was predicted to continue until Thursday.

"The sky will remain generally cloudy with light rain or drizzle expected. The city is likely to receive light rain till Thursday," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

Private weather forecasting agency Skymet echoed the IMD, saying 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.

(With inputs from IANS)