Pleasant days in store as rain lashes Delhi
Rain and thundershower, triggered by a western disturbance, hit Delhi on Friday afternoon. Even though the day’s maximum temperature was recorded at 37.4 degrees Celsius, the mercury dropped to around 25.4 degrees Celsius after the showers.
As many as 22 incoming flights from were diverted, while many departures were delayed.
Officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Delhi and its adjoining areas could receive rain on Saturday as well and that the sky would remain partly cloudy over the next five days. This would help to keep the mercury below the 40 degrees Celsius-mark for the next five days, at least, said officials.
“Delhi is likely to receive light rain on Saturday. The rainfall would thereafter cease and the sky would remain partly cloudy. The maximum temperature would rise gradually but would remain below the 40 degrees Celsius-mark for the next five to six days,” said BP Yadav, deputy director general of IMD.
On Friday, the IMD’s observatory at Safdarjung, which is taken to be a representative of the city’s weather, registered 2.4mm rain till 8.30pm, while the observatory at Palam recorded around 7.6mm of rainfall.
The rain resumed around 8.30pm and continued till late in the night.The day’s maximum temperature was recorded to be 37.4 degrees Celsius, which was three degrees Celsius below normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.6 degrees Celsius, which was two degrees Celsius below normal.
Delhi recorded an air quality index (AQI) reading of 265 at 4pm, which worsened from 187 on Thursday. On a scale of 0 – 500, an AQI value between 101 and 200 is considered to be moderate. A value between 201 and 300 is considered to be poor.
“The pollution is rising because of two reasons — on one hand, stubble burning is going on in Punjab and Haryana, while dust storms being triggered by the western disturbance,” a senior official of the Delhi environment department said.