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Light Rains Bring Much-Needed Respite for Delhi Residents as Temperatures Drop


Delhi on Sunday experienced a welcome change in weather, as light rains and a cloudy sky offered some relief to the residents enduring the recent intense heatwave. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that the maximum temperature in the national capital was recorded at 39.8 degrees Celsius—a significant decrease that has been eagerly awaited by many. This shift is expected to continue, as the weather department has predicted thunderstorms accompanied by rain for June 24 and 25.

Throughout the day, the sky remained generally cloudy, which culminated in a thunderstorm and light rain later in the afternoon and evening. These weather conditions were also accompanied by gusty winds, creating a more comfortable atmosphere for the city’s residents. At 5:30 pm, the humidity level was reported at 63 per cent, a noticeable increase that further alleviated the harshness of the previous heatwave.

The evening’s light to moderate showers were distributed across various parts of the city, providing a soothing respite from the sweltering temperatures that have plagued Delhi over the past few days. While the precipitation was not heavy, it was sufficient to lower the mercury and offer some relief to those in the national capital.

Apart from the immediate weather relief, these rains have also had a positive impact on Delhi’s air quality. The Central Pollution Control Board recorded the Air Quality Index (AQI) of the city in the “moderate” category, with a reading of 143 at 6 pm. For context, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good,” 51 to 100 is “satisfactory,” 101 to 200 is “moderate,” 201 to 300 is “poor,” 301 to 400 is “very poor,” and 401 to 500 is classified as “severe.” The present reading of 143 indicates that while the air quality is not optimal, it is a noticeable improvement from the past few weeks’ readings, which frequently drifted into the “poor” or “very poor” categories.

This change in the weather has been met with relief and gratitude by many Delhi residents who have been struggling with the intense heatwave.

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. The decreased temperatures and better air quality provide not only physical relief but also a psychological boost to those affected by the extreme weather.

Officials from the IMD have also mentioned that the city’s residents can expect these favorable weather conditions to persist, at least for the next few days. The forecast for the upcoming week suggests generally cloudy skies with recurring spells of thunderstorms and light rains, bringing with them gusty winds that help in mitigating the heat.

Local authorities have urged residents to stay updated with the latest weather forecasts and to take precautions as necessary, especially during thunderstorms. While the rains have brought down the temperatures and improved the air quality, residents are advised to remain cautious and avoid areas prone to waterlogging during heavy spells of rain.

Residents, particularly the elderly and individuals suffering from health issues related to heat or respiratory conditions, have been advised to stay indoors during peak hours and to ensure they remain hydrated. The decrease in temperature and improved air quality are expected to have short-term and long-term benefits for public health across the city.

Furthermore, the IMD remains vigilant and continues to monitor weather patterns closely. They are prepared to issue timely updates and warnings to keep the public informed. This proactive approach is aimed at ensuring that the residents can make necessary preparations and adjustments to their daily routines in response to weather changes.

The brief yet impactful spell of rain has brought significant relief to Delhi, indicating a hopefully more temperate period ahead. With forecasts indicating continued cloudiness and intermittent showers, residents can anticipate a respite from the relentless heatwave, allowing for more comfortable days and cooler nights in the bustling national capital.

As the city navigates these weather changes, the unity and resilience of its residents shine through. Whether it’s through community support or simply sharing a smile in the cooler, rain-kissed air, Delhiites are finding solace in these small yet critical changes that signal the potential end of an arduous heatwave.

(With inputs from PTI)

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