INDIA: Delhi, the capital city of India, is set to experience rainfall and thunderstorms today as weather officials predict a dip in temperatures below the seasonal average.
With the mercury settling at 22.6 degrees Celsius, four notches below the norm, residents are advised to prepare for inclement weather conditions.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), cloudy skies and light to moderate rain showers are expected across most parts of the city during the afternoon and evening hours.
Additionally, gusty winds with speeds ranging from 30 to 40 kmph are likely to accompany the rainfall, adding to the atmospheric drama.
In light of the forecast, the National Disaster Management Authority has issued a warning for several areas, including Central Delhi, East Delhi, New Delhi, North Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi, South Delhi, South West Delhi, and West Delhi.
These areas are expected to witness thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds ranging from 35 to 45 kmph within the next 24 hours.
With the maximum temperature expected to hover around 35 degrees Celsius, Delhiites are advised to stay cautious and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety during the adverse weather conditions.
It is recommended to carry umbrellas and raincoats and to secure loose objects that could be blown away by strong winds.
In a positive development, the air quality in the national capital has improved to the “good” category, offering some respite from the persistent pollution woes. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reported an Air Quality Index (AQI) reading of 96 at 9 a.m., which falls within the desirable range.
This improvement in air quality can be attributed to the expected rainfall, which helps clear the atmosphere from pollutants.
As a reminder, the AQI provides an indication of the air quality level, with a range of zero to 500. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good,” 51 to 100 is “satisfactory,” 101 to 200 is “moderate,” 201 to 300 is “poor,” 301 to 400 is “very poor,” and 401 to 500 is “severe.”
Moreover, the relative humidity recorded at 8.30 a.m. was 59 percent, according to the IMD’s bulletin, further contributing to the overall weather conditions.
Delhi residents are advised to stay updated with the latest weather forecasts and heed any warnings or advisories issued by local authorities. It is crucial to exercise caution and prioritise safety while commuting or engaging in outdoor activities during periods of rainfall and thunderstorms.
The city’s inhabitants can hope for relief from the scorching heat and welcome the refreshing showers, which not only cool down the temperature but also provide much-needed respite from the prevailing dry weather conditions.
As the day progresses, Delhi will witness the power of nature’s display, reminding everyone of the unpredictable yet captivating aspects of the monsoon season.
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