Delhi's air quality remained in the 'very poor' category on Thursday as the air quality index (AQI) clocked the value of 339 at 8 am.
Heavy rainfall continued to wreak havoc in Maharashtra and the death toll climbed to 113. The flood situation in Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli is still critical.
The IMD predicted light rains for several parts of the national capital
The IMD said moderate to severe thunderstorms with lightning are very likely at isolated places over Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and east Rajasthan during the next 24 hours.
The Indian Meteorological Department's (IMD) Goa observatory also issued a fresh warning and advised tourists to stay indoors and asked fishermen to avoid venturing into the sea in view of bad weather conditions.
The predictions assume significance in the wake of the Water Resources Ministry data, released on Thursday, which shows that the storage levels in 91 major reservoirs across the country have declined by one per cent.
El Nino is a climate cycle formed in the Pacific Ocean with an impact on weather patterns across the globe. The cycle begins when warm water in the western tropical Pacific Ocean shifts eastward along the equator towards the coast of South America.
A severe weather warning has been issued for the western Himalayan region of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh for Sunday and Monday.
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