Rains lashed parts of the national capital and adjoining states early this morning, bringing down the temperature in the region. There is also a forecast of thunderstorms and heavy rain in and around Delhi later today, the weather department said.
Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 27.3 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
It said thunderstorms with "moderate to heavy intensity rainfall" would occur over most places in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Khekra, Daurala, Barut, Meerut, Modinagar, Hapur, Khurza, Kasganj, Jattari, Narora, Raya, Nandgaon and Barsana of Uttar Pradesh in the next few hours (late afternoon-early evening).
In its forecast on Twitter, the IMD predicted similar conditions for Bhiwani, Gurgaon, Manesar, Kosli, Gannaur, Gohana, Sonipat, Kaithal, Faridabad and Sohana of Haryana, and Bhiwari, Tizara, Nadbai, Nagar, Deeg and Laxmangarh of Rajasthan.
Meanwhile, Delhi's relative humidity was recorded at 81 per cent, and the maximum temperature in the national capital is expected to settle around 35 degrees Celsius, it said.
The air quality in the national capital was recorded in the "moderate" category. The air quality index (AQI) was 106 at 9.05 am, real-time data by the Central Pollution Control Board showed.
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".