Cold Wave Abates As Mercury Rises To 10 Degrees In Delhi; Rain Likely From From Sunday

Cold Wave: As per the IMD, a rainfall or thunderstorm is likely to commence over the plains of Northwest India including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and North Rajasthan from January 22.

Cold Wave Abates As Mercury Rises To 10 Degrees In Delhi; Rain Likely From From Sunday
Delhi gets relief from the cold wave as the minimum temperature in the national capital rose significantly on Friday. (Image: ANI)

COLD wave conditions abated in Delhi as the minimum temperature in the national capital rose significantly on Friday. Safdarjung in the national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 10.6 degrees Celsius against 5.6 degrees Celsius recorded on Thursday.

Along with Delhi, several places in Haryana and Punjab also experienced a slight improvement in minimum temperatures, providing a reprieve from the bitter cold on Friday. The two states, including Chandigarh, had been hit by a cold wave for the previous three weeks.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a rainfall or thunderstorm is likely to commence over the plains of Northwest India including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and North Rajasthan from January 22, and it will continue to till January 25.

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"The rainfall/thunderstorm likely to commence from January 22 and continue till January 25 with peak activity on 23 and 24 January over the plains of Northwest India including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and North Rajasthan," the IMD said in a tweet.

The seven-day forecast of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Delhi predicted a partly cloudy sky and moderate fog in the morning on Friday. As per the IMD forecast, the minimum and maximum temperatures in Delhi, are expected to hover in the range of 7 degrees Celsius and 21 degrees Celsius for a few days respectively.

According to data on the IMD website, the city has seen eight cold wave days so far in January, the highest in the month in at least 12 years. It saw seven cold wave days in January 2020 while it did not record any such day last year, PTI quoted.

Meanwhile, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi at 9 am stood at 277, remaining in the poor category, as per the data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.

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