File photo: Clouds hover over at Rajpath during the summer of 2020.

(Yogesh Kumar/TOI, BCCL, Delhi)

As monsoon entered the break phase, Delhi witnessed clear sky conditions with minimum temperatures reaching up to 26°C on Wednesday morning. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the dry spell is likely to continue for at least one more week.

As per the predictions, the Met department data indicates clear sky and strong surface wind with 20-30 km kmph, which means people of Delhi will have to witness the scorching heat of summer during the day and humidity at night.

According to the Met department, there would be a partly cloudy sky from August 12 to August 15, however, no shower is predicted during this period. While on August 16, Delhi may witness rain or thunderstorm or both.

According to the weather forecast, a break-in monsoon will lead to a rise in temperature, which is likely to remain above 35°C across the national capital.

On Wednesday, the minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 26°C, a notch above normal, while the maximum will be 36°C.

Delhi’s air quality was in the moderate category on Wednesday morning. Data from the Central Pollution Control Board showed that the hourly air quality index (AQI) at 7 a.m. stood at 125. On Tuesday, the average 24-hour AQI was 101.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.

The Union Ministry of Earth Science’s air quality monitoring centre, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (Safar) had on Tuesday stated that overall air quality is in the satisfactory category due to moderate wind.

“Under little rain conditions, dust from the unpaved road will increase. But the faster wind from the northwest will lead to more ventilation. As a result, AQI will be in the satisfactory category for the next three days,” Safar had stated on Tuesday.

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