New Delhi: Delhiites were witness to a fresh spell of rains on Saturday evening as the temperatures went down a notch. The mercury that had soared in the national capital in the last few days, dipped following rains in several parts of the city. Also Read - India Breathes Easy as 88 Cities Record Minimal Pollution Due to Coronavirus Lockdown
However, at least 14 flights have been diverted from Delhi Airport to Lucknow, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur due to unfavourable weather. Also Read - Is There a Link Between Coronavirus And Hot Weather?
“The rain is due to western disturbances. The summer should have started from March 1, but tomorrow the temperature will dip by three to four degrees,” a senior official of the regional meteorological centre at the Indian Meteorological Department stated. Also Read - Heavy Rain Lashes Parts of Delhi NCR With Thunderstorm, Gusty Winds
The IMD has also predicted “light rain or drizzle” for tomorrow as the month of March begins. Maximum and minimum temperatures likely to settle around 25 and 14 degrees Celsius respectively. The temperature will, however, start soaring a few notches from March 10.
Till around 5:30 PM, the maximum temperature settled at 27.3 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 16.2 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season’s average. The humidity was 100 per cent with about 3.8 mm of maximum rainfall recorded at Lodhi Road observatory.
Due to gusty winds, the air quality has also improved a bit. Air Index (AQI) has dropped down to 113 and is in the “moderate” category now.