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Weather forecast today: IMD predicts extremely heavy rains in Lakshadweep, issues red alert for two days

Weather forecast Today: In Delhi, the air quality plummeted to "severe" with major pollutants PM 2.5 at 500 (severe) and PM 10 at 379 (very poor), in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 31, 2019 12:18:22 pm
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Weather forecast Today: The visibility was low on Wednesday due to thick smog in several north Indian cities even three days after Diwali on Wednesday. In Delhi, the air quality plummeted to “severe” with major pollutants PM 2.5 at 500 (severe) and PM 10 at 379 (very poor), in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data. Since Monday, the air pollution levels in Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Punjab have been between “poor” to “severe” categories.

On the other hand, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala and Lakshadweep and heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Rayalseema. Owing to heavy rainfall, all the educational institutions in Ramanathapuram and schools in Madurai district will remain closed on Wednesday.

Also, Kyarr, the ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’ over West-central and adjoining East-central and north Arabian Sea, moved ­northwestwards with a speed of four kmph during the past six hours. It is very likely to weaken into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ by Thursday morning. The IMD has issued an advisory to fishermen to avoid venturing into east-central Arabian Sea till Wednesday morning and west-central Arabian Sea till November 2.

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Air quality plunges to 'severe' in New Delhi; IMD predicts heavy rainfall in South India; schools in Tamil Nadu closed today.

19:34 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Rain and snowfall likely in Himachal Pradesh over the weekend

Himachal Pradesh may receive rains and snowfall from November 1 to 3, the meteorological department said.

18:49 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Share of stubble burning in Delhi's pollution rises to 35%

The share of stubble burning in Delhi's pollution has risen to 35 per cent, the season's highest and the hazardous haze surrounding the city can be attributed to that, said SAFAR, the air quality monitor of the Ministry of Earth Sciences. A marginal improvement in the air quality in the city is expected on Thursday, when an increased wind speed will help disperse pollutants faster.

17:19 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Potential cyclone 'Maha' set to batter India

A depression over Comorin areas is expected to intensify into a Deep Depression by today evening and will move in the northwest direction over Lakshadweep area. This weather system would intensify into cyclone 'Maha' during the next 48 hours, moving in a northwest direction away from the Indian coast and bringing in heavy rains over Tamil Nadu, Rayalseema, Karnataka and Kerala,  Skymet Weather said. 

16:32 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Stubble burning continues in parts of Punjab

Stubble burning continued in parts of Punjab on Wednesday. 

15:45 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Rain likely to continue in Rajasthan for 2-3 days

Scattered rain is likely to continue over western, south and southeastern parts of Rajasthan till November 2, Skymet Weather predicted.

15:31 (IST)30 Oct 2019
IMD issues orange and yellow alerts in districts of Kerala

IMD issued an orange alert in Trivandrum, Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki and Malappuram districts. A yellow alert was sounded in Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Thrissur, Palakkas, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts for today. 

14:26 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Delhi: Smog at Indira Gandhi International Terminal 3

Pollution levels continued to be in the 'severe' category on Wednesday as a blanket of smog wrapped Delhi. Visuals from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Terminal 3 today morning. 

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14:12 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Delhi chokes as air quality still severe, CSE says firecrackers played major role

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the major reason for the deteriorating air quality is the increased crop stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana. This was made worse by the bursting of firecrackers on Diwali. Delhi has seen windy weather over the past few days, which helps in dispersing pollution, but also brings in more pollutants from its northwest. Read more here

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13:27 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Visibility drops due to thick smog in Chandigarh

The visibility was low due to thick smog in Chandigarh on Tuesday, first time in this season. Weather department officials said, “No movement in the air, pollution due to firecrackers in Diwali and stubble burning in neighbouring areas said to be reasons behind the low visibility. It will continue for one or two days.” Surinder Paul, director of Meteorological Department, Chandigarh, said, “This season, first time low visibility was reported due to the thick smog. When air will improve and winds start, it will clear automatically. We have not reported any major improvement in Air Quality Index in the last 48 hours.” Read more here

12:35 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Punjab: Crop residue burning peaks, brings air pollution woes

Paddy crop residue burning reached its highest figure in the ongoing post-harvest season in Punjab on October 28, with 3,105 fires reported from across the state. While the annual figure of crop burning in 2019 is less than 2017 and 2018, the phenomenon is adding to air pollution. Cities like Chandigarh, Jalandhar and New Delhi have been gasping for breath, with Diwali firecrackers making matters worse.

11:59 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Telangana, Andhra likely to receive light rains today

Andhra has received light showers over the past 24-hours and the weather is likely to continue today as well. According to the IMD, heavy rains accompanied with thundershowers are forecast the state capital today evening. The maximum temperature will on Tuesday was 30.2 degrees Celcius while the minimum temperature was 21.6 degrees Celcius.

11:02 (IST)30 Oct 2019
IMD issues red alert in Lakshadweep for two days

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued Red Alert in Lakshadweep for two days and Orange Alert in 6 districts of Kerala, as extremely heavy rains expected in the area. Also, Yellow Alert issued in Thrissur and Palakkad districts.

11:02 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Lakshadweep: Heavy to very heavy rainfall likely

The Well Marked Low Pressure Area over Lakshadweep-Maldives and adjoining Comorin concentrated into a depression over Maldives-­Comorin around 5:30 am today. It is likely to move northwestwards across Lakshadweep Islands and intensify into a deep depression during the next 24 hours. Under the influence of this system, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over Lakshadweep. 

10:20 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Kerala: Heavy to very rainfall today due to Depression near Lakshadweep, Maldives

Parts of Kerala are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall today under the influence of a Depression between Maldives and Lakshadweep, which is likely to intensify into a Deep Depression in the next 24 hours. Isolated parts of Kerala will witness thunderstorms with lightning, squally winds and the sea condition is likely to be rough.

10:00 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in Puducherry

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at isolated places over Puducherry, also thunderstorm accompanied with lightning is predicted for the region, according to the latest IMD bulletin.

09:35 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Explained: Why did monsoon end with so much rain?

The record-breaking rainfall this monsoon season, particularly during August and September, has left weather scientists confounded. After a more than 30% shortfall in June, the season ended with 10% excess rainfall, the first time such a thing has happened since 1931. In the search for answers, one phenomenon attracting some attention is the Indian Ocean Dipole or IOD, an ocean-atmosphere interaction similar to El Niño, but in the Indian Ocean. What is this phenomenon? Amitabh Sinha explains.

As late as the first week of September, the India Meteorological Department maintained that the seasonal rainfall was going to be normal (in the 96-104% range). (PTI)
09:33 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Tamil Nadu: All schools in Madurai to remain closed today due to heavy rainfall

Owing to heavy rainfall, all the educational institutions in Ramanathapuram and schools in Madurai district will remain closed on Wednesday.

09:18 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Punjab recorded 12,027 incidents of stubble burning till October 27 this year:AAP

Citing data from the Punjab Pollution Control Board, senior AAP leader Dilip Pandey said the state had recorded 12,027 incidents of stubble burning till October 27 this year, up from 9,600 during the same period last year. “This…led to the spike in pollution (in Delhi) but neither the Centre nor the governments of the neighbouring states did anything,” he said.

09:13 (IST)30 Oct 2019
Delhi govt can't fight rising pollution till Centre, Punjab, Haryana take stern action: AAP

The ruling AAP said the Delhi government cannot fight the rising pollution levels till the Centre, Punjab and Haryana take stern action. AAP leader Atishi said the Delhi government and its agencies worked relentlessly to bring down pollution levels. “But the issue cannot be resolved till the time the Centre, Punjab and Haryana come together and take stern action against stubble burning. Delhi alone cannot combat this pollution,” she told reporters.

09:11 (IST)30 Oct 2019
NASA images show a drastic spurt in crop residue burning in the neighbouring states: Delhi govt

The Delhi government said in a statement that the latest NASA images show a drastic spurt in crop residue burning in the neighbouring states. The stubble plume from north-west regions has become one of the significant factors adversely affecting Delhi’s air quality. “Stubble fire counts of Haryana and Punjab have increased from 1,654 to 2,577 during past 24 hours,” it stated.

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On Tuesday, the skies over the national capital were a smoky grey as the sun struggled to shine through the haze with the air quality deteriorating and slipping into the "severe" category in the city and the adjoining areas. At 8 pm, the city's overall air quality index was 414 -- worse than Monday's AQI of 397 at 8 pm, according to the Central Pollution Control Board. Twenty-six of the 37 air quality monitoring stations in the capital recorded AQI's in the "severe" category. Anand Vihar was the most polluted area in the capital with an AQI of 464 and Wazirpur following with an AQI of 430.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered “good”, 51-100 “satisfactory”, 101-200 “moderate”, 201-300 “poor”, 301-400 “very poor”, and 401-500 “severe”. Above 500 is “severe-plus emergency” category. According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality monitor SAFAR, the levels of PM2.5 — tiny particulate matter less than 2.5 microns that can enter deep into the lungs — reached 740 in Delhi University, 12 times higher than the 0-60 considered "good". Delhi's air quality took a hit after Diwali night due to a combination of firecracker emissions, stubble burning and unfavourable meteorological conditions. Since then, pollution levels have been oscillating between the lower end and the higher end of the “very poor” category.

The met department on Tuesday predicted light to moderate rainfall in isolated places in Gujarat till Saturday. Cloudy weather will prevail in most parts of the state because of the impact of Cyclone "Kyarr" over Arabian Sea, even as it continues to move towards Oman, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

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First published on: 30-10-2019 at 08:52:06 am
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