Delhi pollution wakes up to wet morning

Delhi pollution wakes up to wet morning

Delhi was surprised with a bout of winter rains combined with thunderstorms on Thursday evening that continued late into the night. The sudden rainfall and strong winds have significantly brought down the temperature in the capital.

Heavy rainfall throughout the night saw people in Delhi-NCR waking up to a wet morning as the city's air quality saw a stark improvement. However, Delhi's air quality continues to be in the 'Very Poor' category despite the rainfall and improvement.

According to data released by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), air quality is in 'Very Poor' category in Anand Vihar, Punjabi Bagh, Lodhi Road and India Gate circle areas.

Heavy rains, coupled with thunderstorm, lashed several parts of the national capital Thursday evening and brought down the temperature further down.

Under the influence of a western disturbance, the national capital recorded rains with strong winds for nearly two hours, said Kuldeep Srivastava, the regional weather forecasting head of the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

According to the Safdarjung observatory, reading of which is considered official for the city, 1.9 mm of rainfall was recorded till 8.30 pm. Meanwhile, the Met department said Delhi recorded a low of 12.8 degrees Celsius and a high of 21.5 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

The weatherman said the temperature is likely to further drop after Saturday.

The Met department has also forecast thunderstorm with hail on Friday. The minimum and maximum temperature are expected to be around 13 degrees Celsius and 19 degrees Celsius.

Following heavy rains and thunderstorm, the city's air quality is expected to improve on Friday.