The noticeable improvement in air quality prompted the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) in NCR to rescind all stage 3 measures under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) designed for severe pollution
Delhi on Saturday afternoon witnessed an unconventional weather with heavy hailstorm and rains. The sky in the afternoon turned dark with the wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph, the IMD said.
The weather department had predicted rain for the evening as well.
The sudden rainfall was not much welcomed by the national capital as several parts of the city were waterlogged which affected the flow of traffic.
“Traffic is affected at Mahadev Chowhk, Bawana, the carriageway from Azadpur Flyover towards Fruit Mandi due to waterlogging near Panchwathi Colony, Anand Parbat, Boulevard Road, Kashmiri Gate, Rohtak Road at Punjabi Bagh, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg and Chhata Rail due to waterlogging,” the Delhi traffic police said.
As per the Skymet, the Western Disturbance prevailing in the north India has brought rain, hail and thunderstorm.
“Since March 3, the national capital has been receiving on and off rains. These rains have been occurring due to the region being approached by successive Western Disturbances,” Skymet said.
“The chances of moderate showers are almost over as the Western Disturbance is moving away eastwards. Moreover, the trough which was extending from Punjab to Bihar has also shifted northwards over foothills of Uttar Pradesh. The weather of Delhi-NCR will start clearing up, Sunday onward,” it added.
However, it said that this will be the last rains now and the temperature will rise. Clear sky, bright sunshine and soaring temperatures will be witnessed, it said.
“In fact, since the last many days, day temperatures are below normal by two to three degrees over Delhi and NCR. Moreover, by March 20, we expect Delhi to witness maximum temperatures above 30 degree Celsius. By the end of March, the temperatures of Delhi and NCR may remain between the lower 30s and mid-30s,” the Skymet added.
(With inputs from IANS)