New Delhi, State Bureau. On the first working day of the new year, Delhi was cold in the morning as well as during the day. The fog remained moderate so visibility was not hampered much. But according to the Meteorological Department, the cold and fog will cause more trouble in the coming days. At the same time, the air quality in Delhi is getting worse. The AQI (air quality index) of four areas has reached the severe category.
On Monday, the maximum temperature in the national capital was recorded at 17.3 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at normal level at 7.6 degree Celsius. The humidity level in the air ranged between 69 to 97 per cent. The lowest minimum temperature was recorded at Ayanagar at five degrees Celsius while the lowest maximum temperature was recorded at 15.3 degrees Celsius. At the same time, at 8.30 am, the visibility level at both Palam and Safdarjung remained up to 500 metres.
how will the weather be
The Meteorological Department has forecast mainly clear sky, minimum and maximum temperature to be around seven and 17 degree Celsius respectively on Tuesday. Dense fog is also expected to affect the visibility level on Tuesday.
possibility of cold wave
The Meteorological Department has said that “dense” to “very dense” fog and cold wave conditions are likely to continue over the plains of northwest India during the next four days.
The level of air pollution is once again increasing rapidly in the capital. On Monday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of four areas of Delhi reached above 400 i.e. in the “severe” category. SAFAR estimates that the wind is likely to remain in the “severe” category for the next three days. The AQI of Nehru Nagar was 412, ITO 405, Patparganj 403 and Dwarka Sector-8 401.
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AQI remained in very poor category
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi’s AQI stood at 357 on Monday. The air at this level is classified as “very poor”. The day before on Sunday it was 259. That is, within 24 hours it has increased by 98 points. At five o’clock in the evening, the level of pollutant particles PM 10 in the air was 271 micrograms per cubic meter and the level of PM 2.5 was 177 micrograms per cubic meter.
In NCR cities, the air index of Faridabad was recorded at 325, Ghaziabad at 294, Greater Noida at 310, Gurugram at 266 and Noida at 299. The AQI of Ghaziabad, Gurugram and Noida was “poor” and the air in all these places was also recorded in the “very poor” category.
Edited By: Geetarjun