Haze blankets Delhi skies as air quality remains ‘very poor’

27 November, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

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On Sunday, a layer of haze blanketed Delhi, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) remaining in the'very bad' category and the lowest temperature remaining at 8°C.

On Sunday, a layer of pollution blanketed Delhi, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) remaining in the’very bad’ category and the lowest temperature remaining at 8°C.

Despite an improvement from yesterday’s 336, the AQI remained in the’very bad’ category at 319. According to the SAFAR prediction, upper-level winds will be from the northwest for the next three days, which would likely exacerbate the transfer of pollutants from the stubble burning zone if fire counts rise.

The AQI is expected to be in the’very bad’ range for the next three days owing to the net influence of transportation, local emissions, and dispersion and ventilation efficiency.

According to the India Meteorological Department, Delhi’s air quality was classified as’very bad’ on Saturday, as the highest temperature reached 27 degrees Celsius, one degree more than the season’s average.

The minimum temperature was 8.3 degrees Celsius, three degrees below usual, according to the report.

An AQI of zero to 50 is regarded ‘good,’ 51 to 100’satisfactory,’ 101 to 200’moderate,’ 201 to 300 ‘poor,’ 301 to 400’very poor,’ and 401 to 500’severe.’