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Rain Brings Relief, Lowers AQI in Delhi

New Delhi, March 3- Residents of Delhi, Noida, and other parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) woke up to fresh splashes of rain on Sunday morning. Several areas, including Mandi House, RK Puram, Indraprastha, Kartavya Path, Central Delhi, Raisina Road, Parliament Street, and Pant Marg, witnessed rainfall.

The downpour brought cloudy skies and cooler temperatures to the region, following a shift in weather that saw light rainfall and strong winds in parts like Greater Kailash, India Gate, RK Puram, and Janpath on Saturday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted scattered to fairly widespread light to moderate rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds across the Northern Indian belt, including Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi.

“Severe Weather Observed over Northwest India during 0830 hrs IST to 2030 hrs IST of yesterday, the 02nd March 2024,” the IMD stated in a post.

While minimum temperatures are expected to remain stable for the next three days, the IMD predicts a drop of 3-5 degrees Celsius thereafter. The current weather patterns are influenced by a Western Disturbance, a cyclonic circulation over northwest Afghanistan, and a trough extending from this circulation to the Northwest Arabian Sea. Additionally, high moisture feeding from the Arabian Sea is expected to continue until Sunday.

On a positive note, strong and gusty surface winds reaching speeds of 40-50 km/hour have significantly improved Delhi’s air quality. The Central Pollution Control Board recorded a 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) of 117 (moderate) at 4 pm on Saturday, marking the lowest AQI level since October 17, 2023. This significant improvement can be attributed to the wind’s ability to filter out pollutants.

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