According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials, the city is expected to receive light rainfall on January 6 and 7.
With the likelihood of rainfall and a dip in temperature over the weekend, the Capital may finally experience winter chill this season. The development will certainly bring cheer to people as the city experienced a particularly warm December last year.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials, the city is expected to receive light rainfall on January 6 and 7. This will be followed by a significant fall in day temperature by 3-4 degrees Celsius. The rain will help wash away pollutants, bringing relief to citizens. The air quality in the city has been hovering between ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ due to continuing fog.
So far, the day temperature has been recorded to be around 22-23 degrees Celsius.
“Light spells of rain are likely to occur in the National Capital Region (NCR). The skies will remain cloudy throughout the day, and the day temperatures are likely to come down to 19-20 degrees Celsius during the weekend,” said Devendra Pradhan, Deputy Director General, Meteorology, Delhi.
The real winter chill will finally set in on January 8 and 9, when day temperatures may fall further, along with the occurrence of thick fog. Also, parts of neighbouring states, including western Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab, are likely experience dense fog with a similar dip in day temperatures.
“The maximum temperature will dip to 16-17 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature will settle at 7 degrees Celsius,” Pradhan said.
He added that the reason behind these changes in weather conditions is the arrival of two successive western disturbances in the northern Himalayas.
On Wednesday, dense fog is likely to be seen in several parts of the city, including the IGI Airport and the NCR.
Meanwhile, an air quality analysis of Delhi, conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), revealed that despite normal wind speed on December 28 and 29, the air quality remained in the ‘severe’ category, which can cause breathing difficulties even among healthy people.
Since New Year, the air quality has remained in ‘very poor’ category.
“This means the level of emissions has remained too high while the action plan to combat pollution is not being implemented anywhere in NCR,” said Vivek Chattopadhaya, Senior Scientist at CSE.