CHANDIGARH RECEIVED 9.9mm rainfall on Thursday — the highest on a single November day since 2009.
Surender Paul, director at Meteorological Centre, Chandigarh, said, “This has happened due to the combined effect of active western disturbances and Arabian Sea cyclone that is going on. Though the weather is predicted to stay clear Friday onwards, the month of November might see another spell of rain again.”
Paul said, “The rain shall prove beneficial to all as it will surely bring down the pollution levels in the city, increasing the visibility and making it easier to breathe. This spell of rain shall also prove useful to the farmers as it is good for their crops.”
The temperature during the day varied between a maximum of 24 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 16.4 Celsius.
The temperature saw a dip of an average of almost 4.5 degrees Celsius in both their minimum and maximum categories. The city witnessed a light thunderstorm accompanied by winds and lightning at isolated places.
As for Friday, light showers are expected in the morning with a cloudy day. No rainfall prediction has been made for the weekend.
AQI at ‘satisfactory’ level
The Air Quality Index (AQI) after Thursday’s rain was recorded at “satisfactory” level in Chandigarh and Panchkula.
For the last many days, the AQI in the city had plunged to “very poor” and “poor” category .The Particulate Matter 2.5 went quite higher than the permissible levels. However, on Thursday, the AQI recorded was 83 micrograms per cubic metre in Chandigarh and 71 in Panchkula. The AQI in Chandigarh had gone up to 336 micrograms per cubic metre in the last few days. Officials of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee had attributed the poor air quality to stubble burning in the adjoining areas of Punjab and Haryana.
From 0-50 category, the air quality is considered good, while from 51-100, it is satisfactory. However, from 101-200 micrograms per cubic metre, the air quality comes within the “moderate” category which causes breathing discomfort to people with lung and heart diseases. From 201-300, it is considered poor while from 301-400 micrograms per cubic metre, it is considered very poor and from 401-500, it slips into the severe category.