Dust storm expected in N. India over 3 days

at 3:44 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): Parts of North India are likely to witness strong dust raising winds of about 35 kmph over the next three days which may lead to deterioration in air quality and visibility across the region.

Isolated Duststorm also very likely over Rajasthan during next 24 hours, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

“Strong surface/dust raising winds (25-35 kmph) likely over Rajasthan, Haryana,Chandigarh & Delhi and Uttar Pradesh during next 3 days,” the IMD said.

A dust storm from Rajasthan has deteriorated air quality and visibility in the national capital today.

Due to dust raising winds, visibility reduced in Delhi. Safdarjung reported 0500 m visibility at 0830 hrs IST of today,” the IMD said.

The overall Delhi air quality has deteriorated to Poor category by today morning, due to strong southwesterly winds led to dust uplifting. Surface winds are strong and south-westerly, said SAFAR.

The air quality in Delhi is further likely to plunge to a very poor category for a shorter period today.

High winds and better ventilation are forecasted for the next three days. This is likely to improve AQI towards Poor to Moderate category for tomorrow and further improve to the Moderate category for 25th and 26th May, it said.

According to IMD, “Under the influence of a Western disturbance, thunderstorm and lightning accompanied with isolated to fairly widespread rainfall likely over Western Himalayan Region and isolated rainfall over plains of northwest India during next 24 hours.”