Delhi receives light rain, Air quality still in “very poor” category

05-01-2022 10:36:14
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Delhi and its adjoining areas received moderate to light rainfall on Wednesday morning, as the minimum temperature was recorded at 10.9 degree Celsius, four notches above normal, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

“Light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and in the adjoining areas of Delhi, Kaithal, Narwana, Fatehabad, Rajaund, Assandh, Safidon, Barwala, Jind, Adampur, Hissar, Hansi, Siwani, Meham, Tosham, Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Loharu,” IMD said in its morning bulletin.

The agency has predicted thunderstorms with rain during the day and the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 19 degree Celsius.

Earlier, the weather agency said that two consecutive western disturbances (From January 3-5) and (January 6-9) would affect Northwest and adjoining central India during the next seven days.

The IMD further said that rains will continue till January 9 but no cold wave conditions are likely over north India in the next 6-7 days.

“Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall/snowfall is very likely over Western Himalayan Region during January 7 to 9 and decreases thereafter. Isolated heavy rainfall/snowfall is likely over Jammu-Kashmir-Ladakh-Gilgit-Baltistan-Muzaffarabad during the same time and then over Himachal Pradesh on January 8 & 9,” it said.

Meanwhile, the air quality in the city remained in the “very poor” category, as the overall Air quality Index stood at 387.

“The air quality over Delhi-NCT is likely to improve but remain in the "very poor" category on January 5 and it is likely to improve further owing to good rainfall and crossover to the "poor category" on January 6,” IMD said in a statement.

The concentrations of PM 2.5 and PM 10 stood at 210 in the 'very poor' and 323 in the 'poor' category respectively around 10 am, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.


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