Weak winds in past few days have ensured Delhi’s air quality remains severe. At present, south-east and south-western winds are going on in the national capital and surrounding areas. The humidity is high in both these winds, due to which the pollution graph has come up faster. Sun has been kept in covers by a thick mask of dust particles creating lengthy smog in the capital and surrounding areas. Sunday saw a lot more haze than Saturday and the adverse effect of it was visible at the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch where the Sri Lanka cricketers struggled to cope-up with the conditions in the third Test match of the ongoing series against India. Monday and Tuesday too will have similar indexes with no reliefs to the Delhiites.
Ministry of Earth Sciences-headed System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR)’s weather forecast suggested that the quality of air will only deteriorate on Monday and Tuesday. According to the Meteorological department, the winds had speeden up a bit on Sunday afternoon but not enough to disperse the pollutants in air. “Almost no wind for two consecutive days coupled with dipping temperatures have resulted in a concentration of particulate matter. The situation had improved for two days last week because of mild winds, but that effect lasted only for a short while,” said a senior IMD official.
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Air quality Index of Sunday at 4 pm showed Noida as the worst area followed by Gurugram and Ghaziabad. Delhi’s air quality was noted at 351 which was very poor as per the standards. Meanwhile, Noida marked 381 which was close to hazardous breathing conditions.
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Earlier the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had released an advisory warning Delhi of poor air quality. The board had also alerted the people against breathing problems and lung diseases. However, according to Skymet light rains can soon hit the capital which can be a major relief in dire conditions. Sunday had seen pollution reach maximum levels at many areas in Delhi, but things will get conventional by December 5 or 6.
Meanwhile, Delhi has also witnessed downfall in the temperature. Due to a decrease in temperature, pollution has come up. Although the maximum temperature is still 1 degree more than normal, again a poor sign for the capital.