Sporadic rains continued in Delhi for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday. According to the the India Meteorological Department's prediction, thunderstorm with light to moderate rain will occur at isolated places over and adjoining areas of South, Southwest, Northwest Delhi, Rewari, Bhiwadi, Manesar, Gurugram, Palwal, and Muzaffarnagar in the morning.
In Delhi, the IMD said that parts of South Delhi reported hailstorm around 7:30 am. More rain and hailstorms are predicted during the day, it added.
Residents in neighbouring Gurgaon shared video clips of hailstorm there.
Earlier on Tuesday, the minimum temperature rose to 13.2 degrees Celsius, six notches more than normal. The maximum temperature settled at 20.8 degrees Celsius. The Safdarjung Observatory recorded 1.3 mm rainfall till 5.30 pm on Tuesday. The weather stations at Palam, Lodhi Road and Ridge recorded 5.3 mm, 0.4mm and 4.8 mm rainfall, respectively.
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 New Year.
The Met department said that the Western Disturbance is causing snowfall in the hills. Once it withdraws, the mercury will fall again in Delhi and neighbouring areas to 4 to 5 degrees Celsius.