Feb 07. After nearly a decade, heavy hailstorm accompanied by rains lashed
several parts of Delhi-NCR on Thursday, providing the city with fresh air while
also making the people experience the winter chill again at the maximum
temperature of 19 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season’s normal.
is happening after at least a decade that heavy hailstorm occurred at several
areas in Delhi and adjoining areas. Areas like Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad,
Gurugram, and Palam received the maximum amount of hail and rains on Thursday
evening, while central Delhi was lashed by heavy rains,” Mahesh Palawat,
Director at private weather agency Skymet, told IANS.
covering the sky and high humidity at 89 per cent, the minimum temperature on
Thursday in Delhi was recorded at 15 degrees Celsius, 6 notches above the
season’s average. However, Friday onwards, the rain is likely to stop and the
minimum temperature is expected to drop several notches and hover around 7
degrees Celsius which will keep the city cold.
temperatures are likely to fall by 4-6 degrees Celsius over northwest India
from February 8. A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the whole of
northwest India from February 10 onwards,” an India Meteorological
Department (IMD) bulletin said.
on Friday is expected to hover around 10 degrees Celsius, while the maximum is
expected to remain at 19 degrees, with moderate to shallow fog in the morning.
accompanied by hailstorm and strong winds also brought down the pollution
levels in Delhi. The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 4 p.m on Thursday
stood at 176 or “moderate”, though authorities do not expect these
“moderate” air quality days to last long as wind speed is expected to
slow down. Fog conditions will prevail.
the influence of western disturbances, scattered rain and high wind speed have
significantly improved the air quality. The southwesterly winds from the
Arabian sea will bring more moisture and foggy conditions may occur for the
next few days,” System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research
(SAFAR) said in its daily forecast.
National Capital Region, Ghaziabad at 188, Gurugram at 133 and Noida at 159
also fared in the “moderate” category. Greater Noida, however,
recorded “poor” air quality on Thursday with AQI at 202.
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