New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Chilly and cloudy weather will persist in the coming week in Delhi but no rain is predicted for the next three days, a Met official said Sunday.
"There was snowfall in the mountains and rain in the plains since Friday. Delhi witnessed light rain and thunderstorms since Friday till Sunday morning. But from Monday till Wednesday, there will be no rain and day temperatures might rise in Delhi," L.S. Rathore, director general, India Meteorological Department (IMD), told IANS.
"Rain and thunderstorms were due to western disturbance. A cyclonic circulation has formed over Rajasthan. There is high moisture incursion from the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal over northwest, central and east India," Rathore said.
Western disturbance is a meteorological term used to describe a low-pressure system, or estratropical storm originating in the Mediterranean region that moves eastwards and brings on sudden rainfall or snow to the northwestern parts of the Indian subcontinent.
Thundershowers would also occur in Bihar, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya.
"The next three days will be clear in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Another western disturbance Feb 21 will bring back light rain and thunderstorms for two or three days. Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand will witness fresh snowfall," Rathore said.
According to the IMD, Delhi received 2.1 mm of rainfall Sunday 8:30 a.m to 5.30 p.m.
The maximum temperature settled at 19.5 degrees Celsius, five notches below the average for this time of the season. Monday's maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 21 and 10 degrees Celsius respectively.
Sunday morning was nippy, but the minimum temperature settled a notch above average at 12 degrees Celsius.
Saturday's maximum temperature fell eight notches below average to 16.1 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature was 13.7 degrees, three notches above average.