Weather Forecast: Delhi AQI remains poor; IMD predicts minimum temperature of 8 degrees

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The air quality in Delhi remained in the ‘poor category’ on Monday morning with an AQI of 203 at the Lodhi Road area, as per the data by the Central Pollution Control Board. On the other hand, mercury level also dipped in the national capital, with an IMD forecast of 8° Celsius minimum & 25° Celsius maximum temperature for today.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the national capital will experience a foggy/misty morning and partly clear sky later in the day.

Delhi records coldest November since 2003

The national capital on Sunday recorded its coldest November morning since 2003. On Sunday, Delhi’s minimum temperature dropped to 6.9 degrees Celsius while the air quality index (AQI) remained in the ‘poor’ category due to “unfavourable meteorological conditions”.

Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the IMD’s regional forecasting centre, said the minimum temperature in Delhi was likely to increase Monday onwards under the influence of a fresh western disturbance.

Other parts of India also witnessed cold wave conditions.

On Sunday, Gulmarg recorded a minimum temperature of -7.3 degrees C, 5.3 degrees C below normal; Palampur recorded 2 degrees Celsius, 6.9 degrees C below normal; Hisar recorded 7.7 degrees C, 3.5 degrees C below normal; Bathinda recorded 5.4 degrees C, 3 degrees C below normal; Kota recorded 9.3 degrees C, 6 degrees C below normal and Mt Abu recorded 1 degrees C, 4.9 degree C below normal.

“The cold in the plains in a result of snowfall in the hills. Cold winds blowing from snow-laden western Himalayas have led to a dip in the mercury, the minimum will rise by 2-3 degree Celsius from Monday when a fresh western disturbance affects the region,” a senior IMD official said, as reported by Hindustan Times.

According to IMD, the minimum temperature in Mt Abu was 1 degrees Celsius, 5.4 degrees Celsius in Bathinda, 9.3 degrees Celsius in Kota, 7.7 degrees Celsius in Hisar, -7.3 degrees Celsius in Gulmarg and 2 degrees Celsius in Palampur.

Low-pressure area to intensify into a cyclonic storm in Bay of Bengal

While north India is shivering from cold waves, the IMD has predicted that the low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal will intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours which will lead to rainfall in Puducherry, Chennai, Odisha, and West Bengal.

“The well-marked low pressure over southwest Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and move towards Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coast. It’s likely to cross between Karaikal and Mamallapuram by November 25 afternoon,” news agency ANI quoted a senior IMD official as saying.

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