As of 8 a.m. on Thursday, Delhiites awoke to a wet day with an overall temperature of 12.4 degrees Celsius. IMD predicts that today will be the city’s wettest day, with rain expected to last until February 4. The temperature is expected to climb across the northwest and central parts of India during the next two days.
Following that, the temperature might drop by 3 to 5 degrees Celsius.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast thunderstorms with light to moderate intensity rain and wind speeds of 20-30 kmph in isolated locations of Delhi and its surrounding districts such as Noida, Gurugram, and Ghaziabad.
“Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain and 20-30 kmph wind speed will occur over and adjacent regions of isolated spots in whole Delhi and NCR (Hindon, Loni Dehat, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Gurugram) for the next two hours (issued at 7 a.m.)”, IMD tweeted.
Western Disturbances has been notified by the weather prediction office, and its induced cyclonic circulation is expected to proceed east northwards during the following two days. As a result, on February 3rd and 4th, there will be a lot of moisture coming in from the Bay of Bengal and north India. At lower tropospheric levels, this is due to a convergence of westerly and southeasterly winds from the Bay of Bengal.
IMD has also predicted strong fog in Delhi on the 5th and 6th of February, both in the morning and at night.
In the meantime, Delhi’s air quality remained in the ‘very poor’ category, with an overall AQI (Air Quality Index) of 318.
According to statistics from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) India, the level of PM 2.5 and PM 10 in Delhi’s air was 143 and 228 respectively.