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Delhi wakes up to rain; hailstorm likely later today

SAFAR has predicted that the thunderstorm is likely to improve Delhi air quality “substantially to moderate”

SNS | New Delhi |

Residents in Delhi-NCR woke up to a rainy morning on Thursday. The rains have brought down the temperature by a couple of notches. The Delhi weather today is likely to remain cloudy as the national capital may experience rain and hailstorm through the day, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.

The IMD has attributed the rain to the western disturbance.

“Under its (western disturbance) influence, fairly widespread to widespread rain/snow with isolated hailstorms very likely over Western Himalayan Region from February 13 to 15. Isolated heavy rain/snow also likely over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh on 14th February,” the Met department said.

The weather department’s Thursday forecast says there will be scattered to fairly widespread rain accompanied by thundershowers over the plains of northwest and central region. Strong winds are also likely to prevail over the region.

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) has predicted that the thunderstorm is likely to improve air quality “substantially to moderate” by late Thursday. “The air quality will further improve and will be in the low end of moderate category thereafter at least for the next two days,” it said.

Meanwhile, at least 10 trains arriving in Delhi on Thursday are delayed due to low visibility conditions.