In its latest bulletin, the weather department has predicted the minimum temperature in Delhi to be at 5 degree Celsius today while maximum temperatures are expected to climb to 19 degree Celsius. The drop in temperature is likely due to snowfall in parts of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
The weather department has also predicted rain and thundershower across many places in North India including Delhi.
Weather expert Kuldeep Shrivastav from India Meteorological Department said: “A fresh western disturbance is likely to cause fairly widespread to widespread rain/snow over Western Himalayan region on January 30 and 31 and isolated to scattered rain/thundershowers over plains of northwest India from January 30 to February 2. Isolated hailstorm/ thunderstorms are also likely over Western Himalayan Region and adjoining plains of northwest India on January 30 and 31.”
The prevailing cold wave to severe cold wave conditions are likely to continue over some parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, West UP and Madhya Pradesh during the next two days and abate thereafter, in view of likely changes in the wind pattern, humidity and cloud cover. Cool winds, along with cloudy skies, had led to the prevalence of cold day conditions over several parts of northwest and central India during the past two days. This situation is likely to improve gradually and the day temperatures are likely to rise by 2 or 3 degree Celsius over these regions from January 30.
16 Delhi-bound trains have also been delayed so far due to low visibility.
Air quality status in Delhi. PM2.5 pollution level in Delhi was recorded at 186 while PM10 at 159.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) this morning was 258 at Anand Vihar, 237 at IGI airport and 190 at Lodhi road.
All those numbers are in the ‘poor’ or ‘moderate’ ranges while that between 401 and 500 is ‘severe’
However, there shall be respite from pollution and fog over the next couple of days as rainfall is expected in many parts of North India including Delhi-NCR.