Light rains in Delhi-National Capital Region, temperature to rise by weekend
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Light rains in Delhi-National Capital Region, temperature to rise by weekend

New Delhi, March 23, 2021

The national capital and its neighbouring areas witnessed light rain coupled with thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon, providing much-needed relief to the people from the rising mercury levels.

According to Kuldeep Srivastava, the Head of India Meteorological Department's (IMD) regional weather forecasting centre, a western disturbance is behind the sudden rain, thunderstorm and increase in wind speed.

The western disturbance is a cyclonic storm that originates in the Mediterranean Sea and travels across Central Asia. When it comes in contact with the Himalayas, it brings rains to the hills and the plains.

However, the respite will be short-lived. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 31 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, which will rise to 37 degrees Celsius by March 28. The last time the city had rains and thunderstorm was on March 12.

The IMD has predicted partly cloudy sky for Wednesday. The temperature will, however, be constant.

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said that the rainfall has contributed to the improvement of air quality in the national capital, where the Air Quality Index (AQI) stood in the "poor" category at 245 microgram per cubic metre.

"Better ventilation and washout are likely to influence AQI positively. AQI is likely to marginally improve to the lower end of the 'moderate' category on Wednesday. Moderate to poor AQI is forecast for March 25 and March 26," it stated.


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