MahaWeather | 65mm rains and hailstorms in Chandigarh; record of two decades drowned

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Friday and Saturday were like dream come true for the residents of North India where chilly winter rains and snowfall was experienced, all thanks to the combination of the present Western Disturbance over the Western Himalayas and its induced cyclonic circulation over North Rajasthan and adjoining Haryana.

The city of Chandigarh, which has been witnessing temperatures above the normal levels since past decades, received 65mm rain in the 24-hour period from 8:30am Friday (January 6) to 8.30am Saturday (January 7), according to the India Meteorological Department. From Saturday morning to evening, another 9.1mm rain was recorded, taking the total over the two days to 74.1mm. Even Solan, just 67km from the city, received snow. Another noticeable effect of the rain was a colder day with a fall of 7°C below normal, for this time of the year, at 12.6°C. Not only this, Chandigarh received record breaking hailstorms.

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“The rain on January 6 has been the heaviest over the 22 years and the Western Disturbances has caused such downpour. This weather system will now move eastwards and we will have clear sky by Saturday night,” said Surender Paul, director, IMD.