The city received the first rainfall of the season on Saturday with the maximum temperature dipping by seven degree Celsius, breaking the dry spell of winter in the region. Residents will now face colder nights. Rainfall is expected on the next two days also, according to the Meteorological Department of Chandigarh.
The weather office recorded 6.3 mm rainfall on Saturday as the maximum temperature came down from 24.3 degree Celsius to 15.2 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature was 8.7 degree Celsius while on Friday it was 5.7 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature on Saturday was lowest when compared to the day in the last five years. The fall in the minimum temperature with fog or shallow fog would occur thereafter as predicted by the Chandigarh Meteorological Department.
The Director, Chandigarh Meteorological Department, Surinder Pal, told Daily Post that the city received the rainfall due to western disturbances. The temperature will dip further in the next two days following rain. Residents of the city feel the cold wave has got intensified in the region following the rain. The MeT Department has predicted the possibility of more rain in the region in the next 24 hours.
Rohit Sharma, a resident of Sector 15, said: “I live as a paying guest and was managing with only a single blanket. But Friday night was much colder than Thursday’s and I needed a quilt.’’