Cold winds and rain swept through Delhi and its adjoining areas, including Noida and Gurugram, on Sunday as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that the national capital was likely to experience a few light to moderate spells of showers on the intervening night of January 29 and January 30.

The maximum temperature on Sunday dipped to 17.2 degrees Celsius, five degrees below what is normal for this time of the year.

After touching 10 degrees Celsius last week, morning temperatures in Delhi dipped again, with the minimum temperature on Sunday recorded as 6.4 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal.

However, rains failed to dampen the spirit of the Beating Retreat ceremony held at the historic Vijay Chowk in Delhi on Sunday as Indian classical tunes played by bands of the armed forces filled the air, marking the end of Republic Day celebrations.

In Rajasthan, hailstorms damaged crops in Udaipur on Sunday. 

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The weather department has predicted more moderate spells of showers over Delhi-NCR during the next few hours. The approaching fresh cloud patches over Delhi will likely trigger light to moderate spells of rainfall over New Delhi, the weather office said.

The IMD has also predicted light to moderate-intensity rainfall over parts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana.

Temperatures on Monday, though, are expected to be higher — between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius in the national capital. Delhi usually gets around 17 mm of rain in January. This, however, is the first rainfall of the winter season.

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According to the report of weather forecasting agency Skymet, light rain is also possible in parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Hailstorms are possible over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, parts of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and West Uttar Pradesh. 

Snowfall is also likely over the Western Himalayas during the next 24 hours. The weather department said that light/moderate/fairly widespread to widespread rainfall/snowfall is very likely over the western Himalayan Region and light/moderate scattered to fairly widespread rainfall over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and west Uttar Pradesh on January 29 and January 30.

The IMD has issued an orange alert for Monday for Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Light rain may occur in coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and southern parts of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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