Heavy rains lash Delhi-NCR, temperature dips; air quality improves fairly


New Delhi: Heavy rains and hailstorm hit Delhi and its adjoining areas – Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurugram – on Thursday night, adding to the winter chill. However, with the rains, the air quality improved fairly in the National Capital Region (NCR). As of Friday morning, the Air Quality Index in Delhi was recorded at 268 (‘poor’ category), Noida 168 (‘moderate’) and Gurugram – 157 (‘moderate’). The overall AQI in Delhi-NCR was in the ‘severe’ category prior to the rain.

Since October, people in Delhi-NCR have mostly witnessed ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’ to ‘moderate’ air. The AQI was ‘very poor’ on most days this month.

The heavy rains brought down temperatures to 12 degrees Celsius on Thursday night. The weather will continue to remain similar till Friday morning with light showers at several places.