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The IMD has forecast light to moderate showers for Tuesday as well, with chances of hailstorm activity at isolated locations. The wet weather has meanwhile improved Delhi’s air to the “moderate” category, with the AQI at just 151, according to CPCB’s daily bulletin on Monday.
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Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD’s regional met office said visibility remained below 200 metres for nearly four hours, improving after 8.30am. “Visibility was around 150 metres at Palam from around 4am, until 8.30am. At Safdarjung, it briefly also fell to around 50 metres,” said Srivastava, adding most locations in Delhi also recorded light rain.
Mercury likely to drop again from Thursday, fog likely too
Srivastava said the intensity of rain could increase at isolated locations on Tuesday, with chances of hail as well. “We did not see hail on Monday, but it is a possibility on Tuesday. Wind speed will again be strong,” he said.
The IMD classifies fog as “dense” when visibility is below 200 metres and “very dense” when it is below 50 metres. An airport official said there were small flight delays in the early hours, however there was no significant impact on flight operations. At the IGI airport, flights can land with a minimum visibility of 50 metres. Flights can take-off with a visibility of 125 metres or more.
Safdarjung, Delhi’s base station, recorded 1.7mm of rainfall between 8.30am and 5.30pm, while Ayanagar, Lodhi road, Ridge and Palam received 4.4, 1.6, 1.0 and 1.4mm of rainfall, respectively, during this period. Till 8.30am on Monday, Safdarjung had received 14.6mm of rainfall, while Lodhi road had received 18.6mm of rainfall.
Temperatures in the capital have also been rising over the last few days, with Monday’s minimum recorded at 11.4 degrees Celsius – four notches above normal. It was just 1.1 degrees on January 1, 2021 – the coldest day of the season. The maximum on Monday was also three degrees above normal, at 22.6 degrees Celsius.
Forecast for Tuesday shows light to moderate rain with gusty winds of 20-30 km/hr. “The maximum and minimum are likely to be around 20 and 11 degrees Celsius, respectively,” said a met official, adding that mercury is expected to drop again from January 7, with dense fog likely on that day.