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NEW DELHI: Light rain ac­com­pa­nied by strong winds and hail­storm is likely to make a come­back from Wed­nes­day and in­ten­sify by Thurs­day (Fe­bru­ary 14), mak­ing it a rain-drenched Valen­tine’s Day for the peo­ple of Delhi. “An­other west­ern dis­tur­bance ac­com­pa­nied by moist east­ern winds from the Bay of Ben­gal is likely to hit the north­west plains of the coun­try, in­clud­ing Delhi, from Wed­nes­day night (Fe­bru­ary 13),” Kuldeep Sri­vas­tava, re­gional head of the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD) said.

“The con­di­tions on Wed­nes­day night won’t be much noticeable; how­ever, rain ac­com­pa­nied by strong winds, thun­der­shower and hail­storm at iso­lated places will in­ten­sify by Thurs­day,” Sri­vas­tava said.

These con­di­tions will con­tinue over the na­tional cap­i­tal till Fri­day, he said.

The min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture is also ex­pected to rise by 3-4 de­grees Cel­sius be­tween Wed­nes­day and Fri­day in north­west In­dia. As per the IMD bul­letin, the min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture is ex­pected to reach 13 de­grees Cel­sius — 4 notches above the sea­son’s nor­mal — dur­ing the pe­riod, while the max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture is ex­pected to hover around 21 de­grees Cel­sius. Ow­ing to the re­cent spell of rain and heavy hail­storm on Fe­bru­ary 7, Delhi has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing cold con­di­tions with the min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture drop­ping to 6 de­grees Cel­sius, three notches be­low the nor­mal, on Sun­day.

On Mon­day and Tues­day too, the min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture is ex­pected to re­main be­tween 6 and 7 de­grees Cel­sius, while the max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture might hover around 21-22 de­grees Cel­sius. Af­ter nearly a decade, a heavy hail­storm ac­com­pa­nied by rain lashed sev­eral parts of Del­hincr on Fe­bru­ary 7, pro­vid­ing the city with fresh air with pol­lu­tion lev­els touch­ing the mod­er­ate mark.

How­ever, the over­all Air Qual­ity In­dex (AQI) of Delhi on Sun­day de­te­ri­o­rated to 276 or ‘poor’ cat­e­gory due to sur­face in­ver­sion — the phe­nom­e­non in which a layer of cool, still air gets trapped be­low warmer air, Sys­tem of Air Qual­ity and Weather Fore­cast­ing And Re­search (SA­FAR) said.

“The air qual­ity can fur­ther de­grade in the com­ing three days. The air qual­ity will be in high range of ‘poor’ for to­mor­row and then slip to ‘very poor’ range there­after. Like­li­hood of fresh west­ern dis­tur­bance will im­prove the air qual­ity af­ter Fe­bru­ary 14,” the agency said.

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