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Heavy Rains Lash Delhi-NCR Leaving Trains Delayed & Roads Jam-Packed

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| January 22 , 2019 , 12:32 IST

Heavy rains and thunder lashed Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Tuesday morning. Parts of the Delhi-NCR region also received hailstorms along with heavy winds brought down the temperature. Today, the temperature at 8.00 am was 14 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature is expected to touch 20 degrees Celsius.

Following the rains, horrendous traffic jams and breakdown of vehicles were reported from many areas in Delhi due to the sudden rainfall.

However, the rains significantly brought down the pollution levels which had spiked earlier in the week.    On Tuesday morning, the AQI across Delhi was 'moderate', a welcome relief from 'severe' just a couple of days ago.

Delhi’s rainfall deficit in the post-monsoon season is close to 80 percent, IMD officials said, adding that rain during the week will help meet this shortfall. According to SAFAR, the air quality is expected to improve over the next three days, with the concentration of pollutants dropping to a lower range in the ‘very poor’ category on Tuesday and improving to ‘poor’ on Wednesday. Higher wind speed and rain are two favourable factors for dispersion of pollutants.

At least 15 trains were delayed on Tuesday morning as fog caused low visibility, according to news agency ANI. Delhi NCR is expected to witness these weather conditions through the week, including on January 26 (Republic Day). On Monday, the minimum temperature was 11.5 degrees Celsius while the maximum was 22.6 degrees Celsius.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier predicted that the national capital could receive moderate rain from Monday night.

BP Yadav, deputy director general of IMD had said, “A cyclonic circulation has already formed over Rajasthan because of an approaching western disturbance. This is expected to trigger rain across the plains of northwest India, including Delhi, from the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday."

Here are a few pictures and videos from Delhi-NCR which received heavy rains today: