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Thunderstorm in Dehli , North India reeling under coldwave

Heavy rains lashed parts of the national capital on Tuesday morning following which humidity levels shot up to 100 per cent even as the weatherman has predicted hailstorm in various parts towards the evening.

“The minimum temperature recorded at 8.30 am was 10.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, while the humidity level was 100 per cent,” a MeT official said.

While the Safdarjung observatory recorded 5.7 mm rainfall, the Palam observatory received 4.4 mm rainfall. The reading at Lodhi Road, Aya Nagar and Ridge Area observatory was 6.3, 5.4 and 3 mm respectively.

The weatherman has predicted thunderstorm and hailstorm in parts of Delhi towards the evening.

The air quality recorded at 9:34 am for Delhi was 280, Faridabad was 279, Ghaziabad was 316, Greater Noida was 312, Gurugram was 214 and Noida was 316.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 ‘severe’.

As many as 14 trains were reported running late due to low visibility and other operational reasons in the Northern Railway region.

Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi was recorded as ‘very poor’, as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). As on Monday, the minimum temperature in Delhi was 8.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal, while the maximum settled at 8.5 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity shot up to 100 per cent during the day.
Himachal Pradesh witnessed cold and dry weather with Kufri and Manali recording sub-zero temperatures on Monday. Tribal district Lahaul-Spiti’s administrative centre Keylong was the coldest place in the state at minus 13.4 degrees Celsius. Kinnaur’s Kalpa recorded a low of minus 6.7 degrees Celsius, followed by Manali (minus 3.4) and Kufri (minus 2 degrees Celsius).

The minimum temperature in Dalhousie and Shimla was 0.9 degrees Celsius and 1.7 degrees Celsius respectively. The weatherman issued a ‘yellow’ warning for heavy rain and snowfall for Tuesday. It had also forecast rain and snowfall in the middle and high hills of the state till Friday.

The weather office issues colour-coded warnings to alert people ahead of severe or hazardous weather that has the potential to cause “damage, widespread disruption or danger to life”. Yellow, the least dangerous of all the weather warnings, indicates the possibility of severe weather.

The residents of the Kashmir Valley got a slight respite from intense cold wave conditions, with the minimum temperature in Srinagar settling above the freezing point as against the previous night’s minus 0.2 degrees Celsius.

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