New Delhi: Heavy rains lashed parts of the national capital Tuesday morning as the minimum temperature settled at five notches above normal.

Fifteen trains were delayed with an average delay of two to three hours. These include Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express, Malda-Delhi Junction Farakka Express, Mumbai Amritsar Express and others. The Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express was late by six hours, Northern Railways said.

According to a meteorological official, the Safdarjung observatory recorded 14.8 mm rainfall, Palam observatory 22.8 mm rainfall, Lodhi road observatory 15 mm rainfall and Aya Nagar observatory recorded 26.1 mm rainfall.

“The minimum temperature was recorded at 12.5°C, five notches above normal, while the maximum temperature settled at 22.6°C, a notch above normal,” the official said.

“Generally cloudy conditions with light to moderate rainfall at most places and isolated thunderstorm activity accompanied with strong surface winds most likely during 21 and 22 January,” the weather department said.

The humidity level was recorded at 100% at 8.30 AM.

The weatherman has predicted rainfall throughout the day with the mercury settling at 19°C.

Pollution reduces due to rains

The air quality index (AQI) improved in Delhi due to the rains. Anand Vihar saw an AQI of 78, Ghaziabad was at 78; in Greater Noida, it was 74. On Aurobindo Marg, the AQI was 89, Vikas Sadan in Gurugram was 73 and Noida was 140. The area around the US Embassy recorded an AQI of 42 which falls in the ‘good’ category. An AQI between 0-50 is ‘good’, 51-100 ‘moderate’ and 101-150 ‘unhealthy’.