Sporadic rains continued to lash the national capital for the third consecutive day on Tuesday. However, the minimum temperature rose to 13.2 degrees Celsius, six notches more than normal, according to the India Meteorological Department. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded 1.3 mm rainfall till 5.30 pm. The weather stations at Palam, Lodhi Road and Ridge recorded 5.3 mm, 0.4mm and 4.8 mm rainfall, respectively, during the period.Also Read - Cyclone Jawad To Weaken Into Deep Depression, Says IMD; Odisha, Andhra Begin Evacuation | Key Points

The minimum temperature rose to 13.2 degrees Celsius as a result of cloud cover. The maximum temperature settled at 20.8 degrees Celsius. Clouds trap some of the outgoing infrared radiation and radiate it back downward, warming the ground. Also Read - Cyclone Jawad: UGC-NET Exam Postponed In Odisha, Andhra; New Datesheet To Be Uploaded Later

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. On Friday, the mercury plummeted to 1.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest in 15 years, and “very dense” fog lowered visibility to “zero” metres. Also Read - 'Gulaab Se Jyada, Titli Se Kam': How Strong is Cyclone Jawad? Here’s What IMD Says About Its Intensity

Intense rains, thunder and lightning lashed the city on Sunday. The Safdarjung Observatory recorded 39.9 mm rainfall between 8.30 am on Saturday to 2.30 pm on Sunday.

The WD is causing widespread snowfall in the hills. Once it withdraws, the mercury will fall again to 4 to 5 degrees Celsius, the official said.

(With agency inputs)