Mercury in Delhi dips day after rain

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New Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Delhi registered a significant drop in minimum and maximum temperatures on Saturday, a day after it received light rainfall, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The maximum temperature dropped to 35 degrees Celsius from 40 degrees Celsius a day ago. It was two notches below the normal.

The minimum temperature settled at 18.2 degrees Celsius, four degrees Celsius below the normal.

The IMD said Delhi recorded 2.4 mm rainfall between 8:30 am on Friday and 8:30 am on Saturday.

A strong dust storm had hit the national capital on Friday, affecting visibility and air quality.

The mercury is predicted to remain below 40 degrees Celsius in the next five to six days, the IMD said.

Delhi's air quality index (AQI) improved to 128 from Friday's 263 at 4 pm, according to the Central Pollution Control Board.

An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe', while an AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category. PTI GVS MAH ANB ANB ANB