Saturday, October 23, 2021

Rain in north India brings respite from Delhi pollution; Hisar witnesses sleet

A day after Diwali, rain lashed parts of Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Several areas witnessed rain and thunderstorm due to a western disturbance with Hisar witnessing heavy sleet which turned the town white.

Parts of Punjab and Haryana also witnessed a hailstorm— leading to a fall in temperature. The minimum temperature has dropped to 10 degrees Celsius at various parts of Punjab. The tricity region—Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Mohali—witnessed rainfall. Himachal Pradesh witnessed rain on Sunday night.

The IMD had predicted light rain with thunder and lightning over and adjoining areas in parts of Haryana, including Hodal, Palwal, Ballabhgarh, Hisar, Narwana, Hansi, Jind, Safidon, Panipat, Kaithal, Karnal.

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Light rains and thundershowers in parts of Punjab have brought cheers to the farmers—especially the wheat growers, who had sown their crop without burning the paddy straw. Apart from this, it was also beneficial for those, who were preparing to sow wheat, and other rabi crops, including fodder for animals.

Despite this, the air pollution levels were likely to fall in this agrarian state. Post-Diwali, the firecrackers increased the AQI on Saturday, but the rains have brought much-needed relief for all the living things in the region.

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The National Capital and its suburbs recorded light rainfall on Sunday under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance, according to India Meteorological Department.

Higher wind speed aided the dispersion of pollutants. The maximum wind speed was around 25 km per hour, IMD officials said.

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Isolated parts of Rajasthan received light rainfall with hailstorm on Sunday. The weather department has predicted light showers at a few areas in the state on Monday.

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