Winters to tighten its grip over Delhi, pollution levels to rise again

Winters to tighten its grip over Delhi, pollution levels to rise again

03:22 PM


Delhi witnessed its first wintry spell on December 11 that set the pace for the winter chill. The single-day spell amounting to 7.8 mm as recorded by Safdarjung Observatory and 6.8 mm by Palam Observatory on December 11 helped in plummeting the temperatures.

The maximums that settled at 25°C on December 11 tumbled by a good 6 degrees and settled at 19.8°C. Though a slight increase in the minimums was observed and from 9.8°C on Monday, the temperatures rose to settle at 12°C yesterday.

These rains further helped in washing off the pollution to some extent which was prevalent in the region for a long time thus, giving some cleaner air to the Delhiites. Moreover, these rains were the first December rains since 2014 as the national capital failed to observe any rains in the month of December in the year 2015 and 2016.

Shallow to moderate fog was also witnessed in a few pockets. However, dense fog has remained far from occurring over the region as of now which is more common during the second half of the month in association with rains or the passage of Western Disturbance.

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For the next two days, the weather is expected to remain dry with the daytime highs settling in lower 20’s and minimums witnessing a slight rise. Shallow to moderate fog is also expected at isolated places of the city. However, after 2-3 days as the system will pass away, minimums will start dipping and may settle in single digits again.


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As per Skymet Weather, these rains were a result of the Western Disturbance that induced a cyclonic circulation over West Rajasthan and resulted in pouring over Delhi and NCR. Now, as the system is moving away eastwards, chances of rains also lessens.

However, a fresh Western Disturbance is over North Pakistan and adjoining Jammu and Kashmir but rains from this system will mainly remain confined over the hills of North India. Any significant rains are not anticipated for at least a week.

Though the sky will continue to remain partly cloudy along with light easterly winds that will continue to incur moisture over the region. With all these factors, the pollution levels are once again expected to spike. However, the pollution levels will increase but it will still remain under the 'very poor' category and will not rise up to the 'severe' category.

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