Delhi weather today: Rainfall likely to continue till Republic Day; air quality improves but experts warn of high pollution levels

Delhi weather took a turn for the worse on Tuesday, when heavy rains and hailstorm lashed the National Capital. The rains, isolated thunderstorms and wind in Delhi improved the air quality to ‘moderate’, while it is still in the ‘unhealthy’ level in Faridabad, Gurugram and Noida, reports said.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted rain throughout the week till 26 January, and said that the city's rainfall deficit in the post-monsoon season — which is close to 80 percent — will be covered with the upcoming spell of rain, according to reports. The minimum temperature on Tuesday is expected to touch 11° Celsius.

Traffic was affected in several places because of the sudden and erratic rains. Delhi Traffic Police constantly tweeted about traffic disruptions in the city. From areas like Mathura Road to Rajapuri Chowk towards Palam flyover were inundated due to waterlogged streets. Delhi Traffic Police tweeted, "Obstruction in traffic in the carriageway from Mathura Road towards Ashram due to waterlogging at Ali village red light. Kindly avoid the stretch."

The traffic police also warned against using stretches between Maulana Azad Road and Janpath and others.

"Obstruction in traffic in the carriageway from Rajapuri Chowk towards Palam flyover due to waterlogging. Kindly avoid the stretch."

Officials also said that the traffic is affected at Samalkha red light, RTR T-Point, Bhairon Marg under railway bridge and Devli More due to waterlogging. Due to waterlogging, traffic is affected at Moolchand underpass, Bihari Colony under railway bridge on road No. 57 and Chhatrasal Stadium main gate red light, traffic officials said. The BSES service tweeted that their service had been affected due to rain and waterlogging. "Expected time of restoration is 11.00 am," the tweet said. Supply is affected due to Rain and waterlogging, expected time of supply restoration is 11:00 hrs.

 

The national capital received light rainfall on Monday, a day after recording the warmest January day since 2012. The minimum temperature was recorded at 11.5° Celsius, four notches above the season's average while the maximum temperature was 22.6° Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The weatherman has forecast generally cloudy sky for Tuesday with the possibility of light to moderate rain/thundershowers and isolated hailstorm. Skymet predicted that by afternoon clouds will start clearing.

The continuous rainfall resulted in low levels of air pollution, however, conservationists warned against the perception of reduced pollution. New Delhi Nature Society tweeted, "AQI monitors showing lowered levels of air pollution in Delhi right now because of the continuous rain since the last 12 hours. This doesn’t mean the pollution production has reduced, only the existing pollution has been watered down." However, according to SAFAR, air quality is expected to improve from 'very poor' to 'poor' on Wednesday. Erratic weather in all of north India: Cold wave conditions have in general intensified in all of north India. The IMD predicted gusty winds with the minimum temperature likely to be around nine degrees Celsius. Reportedly, the snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Monday affected the weather in Delhi. IMD had predicted widespread rainfall accompanied by cold wave-like conditions would engulf entire northwest India this week. "Two western disturbances in quick succession would be affecting northwest India during the next one week. The first would be quite intense and favourably located to cause severe weather across northwest India from January 19 to 22 with peak intensity on January 21," an IMD release said.

Widespread rainfall or snowfall over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand had been predicted between 20 and 22 January. The second western disturbance would affect the western Himalayan region and the plains of northwest India from 24 to 26 January, though it would be of lesser intensity, said the IMD release.

A drop in the maximum temperatures by 3-4° Celsius over northwest India from 21 January is also expected due to change in weather. "In view of cloudy sky and easterly and southeasterly winds, minimum temperatures are also expected to increase by 4 to 6 degrees Celsius during the next four days," it said.

Due to a fall in maximum temperature and widespread rains, the IMD has also forecast dense to very dense fog which would engulf states like Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and north Rajasthan for the next 1-2 days and abate from the region thereafter.

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Updated Date: Jan 22, 2019 11:52:59 IST

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