Winds improve Delhi air; pollution likely to ease up

New Delhi: Despite adverse meteorological conditions, a
sudden increase in wind speed improved the toxic air quality of the national
capital to ‘very poor’ on Friday and as per the Met, it is likely to improve a
few more notches over the next few days. “Despite unfavourable meteorological
conditions including a dense fog, the overall air quality in Delhi has improved
from ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’ category due to an appreciable increase in wind
speed (4.1 km/hr). “It is likely to improve further but will continue to
remain in the ‘very poor’ range for the next 2-3 days,” System of Air
Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said in its daily
pollution analysis.

After India
Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast of light rain between Saturday and
Sunday, SAFAR on Friday also said that only sufficient amount of rain could rapidly
improve the situation. As per the IMD forecast, there will be light to very
light rains or thunderstorms across the national capital between Saturday
evening and Sunday night. “Also, the minimum and maximum temperatures in
Delhi will rise and fall by 3-4 degree Celsius, respectively,” the IMD had

After January
7, however, the minimum temperature will again fall, bringing dense fog and
cold wave conditions with it. “January 7 onward, the weather will start
clearing up and cold winds from North will start blowing over Delhi leading to
decrease in minimum temperatures. Due to increase in humidity levels and drop
in temperatures, dense to very dense fog will once again make a comeback. Drop
in temperatures might bring back cold wave conditions for the isolated pockets
of Delhi,” Mahesh Palawat, Director at private weather forecasting agency
Skymet told IANS.

Delhi’s Air
Quality Index (AQI) at 4 p.m on Friday was recorded at 386 (very poor), against
Thursday’s “severe” air quality of 444. In the National Capital
Region (NCR), Faridabad at 380, Gurugram at 337, and Noida at 385 also fared in
the ‘very poor’ zone. However, Ghaziabad at 418 and Greater Noida at 408
remained in the ‘severe’ zone. Across 35 areas in Delhi, where pollution is
actively monitored, the average concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 was 241 and 373
microgrammes per cubic meters on Friday at 5 p.m. The same PM2.5 and PM10
concentration across 48 monitoring stations in the NCR was 230 and 357.

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